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NSU amends speech policy after online exposure 



Students sit on the Kyser brickway to promote a culture of acceptance. The old policy prohibited demonstrators from marching Photo by Ashley Wolf 

around campus or occupying more than one space at a time. 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 


N SU’s Policy on Public Speech, Assembly 
and Demonstrations received criticism 
this week from the Foundation for 
Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a 
national organization dedicated to defending 
college and university students’ rights. 

The policy was deemed “unreasonable” and 
given a “red light rating,” suggesting that it 
gave little to no room for expression. 

NSU’s previous policy limited expressions 
of free speech to three locations on campus, 
allowed for only one, two-hour demonstration 
every seven days and reqired demonstrators to 
apply for permission 24-48 hours ahead of the 
event. 

The FIRE article was published on Aug. 
24, and a day later, found its way onto NSU 
President Jim Henderson’s computer screen. 

“As soon as I got the article, I was like, holy 
cow, we can’t do these things,” Henderson said, 
noting that the code was dated and required 
immediate attention. 

Henderson quickly reached out to FIRE 
and worked with them to raise NSU’s policy to a 
“yellow light status.” 

“As far as I know, it was not the intent 
of anybody at this institution to limit the 
expression of students,” Henderson said, 
regarding the red light code. 

Dean of Students Francis Conine has 
worked closely with the code for years; each 
application for demonstration is submitted 


to her office. Conine admitted that she found 
certain statements in the code restrictive. 

“I think we weren’t paying close enough 
attention [to the code] and I accept, to some 
degree, responsibility for that,” Conine 
said. “I’m really happy that it came up, and I 
absolutely want to make that policy reflect our 
values.” 

While this red light policy was in place for 
years, Henderson believes that NSU rarely 
enforced the restrictive requirements. 

FIRE Director of Policy 
Azhar Majeed maintained that 
a rarely enforced code can still 
discourage expression. 

“Just having the policy is 
an ongoing threat to students’ 
rights,” Majeed said. However, 
he called NSU’s fast response to 
FIRE’s article “an encouraging 
sign.” 

Professor of History 
Dr. Greg Granger believes 
that demonstrators will not 
necessarily be restricted by a 
free speech code. 

“If students want to have a 
very important and challenging 
protest— if there’s something 
they feel that strongly about— I 
don’t see how a written rule is 
going to change what they’re 
going to do anyway,” Granger 
said. 

NSU Police Chief John 
Caliste said that, legally. 


students can break the application process, but 
the consequences of an action that violates a 
university policy are determined by the Dean of 
Students office. 

The newly amended policy now requests 
that demonstrators send in an application only 
when “practical and possible,” and eliminates 
the restriction of one, two-hour assembly every 
seven days. 

The previous three “free speech zones” on 
campus are now “preferred” locations instead: 

continued on page 2 

Speech Code Rating 

According to thefire.org 


Grambling State University 
Louisiana State University 
McNeese State University 
Southeastern Louisiana University 
Tulane University 
University of New Orleans 


Louisiana Tech University 
Nicholls State University 
Northwestern State University 



FIRE assigns institutions of higher education a color 
rating representing the level of restriction on students’ 
First Amendment rights 


Student affected 

by flooding recalls 

evacuation /w\ 

/\/\/\ 

page 3 


Plans for a 
brewery in town 
cause debate 



page 4 


Basketball player 
tears ACL twice in 
two semesters 



page 6 


Are politicians 
taking advantage 
of Louisiana’s 
tragedy? 



page 7? 


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news 


Kyser Geyser Erupts! 



Thad Warren and Ricky Broadway with the NSU Physical Plant worked to repair the faulty pipe before 
students arrived on campus. (Not pictured: Dale Wohletz, Jon Lentz and Gil Gilson) 

Photo by Daniel Thiels 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

Water showered the Kyser Brick- 
way on August 1 9 after a main water 
pipe burst underground. The hole 
that formed in the main was a result 
of age; the pipe had rusted away over 
time. 

“We’ve had another rusted hole 
happen to that same pipe a few years 
ago,” Director of Facility Services 
Dale Wohletz said. “Unfortunately, 
we have a lot of pipes around campus 


like that.” 

The facility team typically uses a 
bolted-down clamp to fix these holes. 
Replacing an entire pipe would 
cause shutdowns and interrupt 
normal campus operations. 

“We had a nice little shower 
there going for awhile,” Wohletz 
joked. The burst came just a few 
days before classes started— perfect 
timing. “That was a nice, warm day 
to hx it too,” he said. 



Free Speech continued from front... 


the Student Union Plaza, the 
Prather Coliseum East Parking Lot 
and the Green Space between CAPA 
and Varnado Hall. 

Professor of Business John 
Williams still finds the application 
“over-burdensome,” and said that 
it asks for too much unpredictable 
information. For instance, students 
cannot always predict the number 
of attendees a demonstration will 
attract, yet the form asks for a 
number. 

Williams finds that another fault 
with the application process is bias. 
“If you have just one person making 
this decision [the Dean of Students], 
it can get to be arbitrary. They’re 
going to let some people assemble 
and they’re not going to let others,” 
Williams said. 

Additionally, the code only allows 
students to demonstrate in one 
location. “By completely prohibiting 
the ability to march, you’re removing 
a very fundamental form of protest 
and expression from their arsenal,” 
Majeed said. 

Caliste said that the police force 
is willing to help demonstrators map 
out a safe route when they want to 
march. 

“As law enforcement, we can’t 
care about the message,” Caliste 
said. “We’re going to be there to 
protect the assemblers and the public 
as long as the process is adhered to.” 

Both Henderson and Conine 
recognize that the policy has more 


room to improve. 

“Going forward, we will be 
developing this policy, in part with 
students, faculty and experts like 
FIRE,” Henderson said. Their goal 
is to be the first Louisiana university 
to reach FIRE’s “green light status,” 
which requires that the code has no 
“serious threats to students’ free 
speech rights,” according to the 
FIRE website. 

Conine said that, currently, no 
formal process exists for amending 
the policy. In the future, Conine 
and Henderson hope to maintain 
a discourse with students about 
improvements. 

“I love when students voice their 
opinions. I mean, why else are we 
here?” Conine said. 

“I’m happy that the University 
has responded so quickly and so 
promptly in terms of addressing 
FIRE’s concerns with the policy,” 
Majeed said. “I would just hope that 
they go the rest of the way.” 



Missing NSU student’s body found 



Grand Canyon Park Rangers found NSU student Diana Zacarias’ 
body on July 30. Zacarias went missing in April. 

Zacarias' Facebook profile picture 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

Diana Zacarias, a 22-year-old junior 
industrial engineering student, 
went missing in the Grand Canyon 
early April. Four months after her 
disappearance, Zacarias was found 
on July 30 below Pima Point. It 
appears that she fell to her death 
accidentally, despite speculation of a 
possible suicide. 

Before her disappearance, she 
was known to be “quiet, studious 
and a perfectionist,” her father, 
Alejandro Zacarias said, also saying 
that she did not have much of a social 
life. She had been recognized by NSU 
for her academic excellence. 

Noah Baudoin, a sophomore 
biology major, said that she was 
quiet, but extremely sweet. “She 
mostly kept to herself.” Diana was a 
coxswain for the NSU Rowing team. 


however, Baudoin said that she did 
not hang out with the crew much. 

“When I saw her on the news, I 
couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think it 
was real.” 

A dream of Diana’s had always 
been to go to the Grand Canyon. 
When she decided to go, her father 
told her that her mother should go 
with her. “She was shy. It was a big 
dream [of her’ s] and we thought this 
could be a big challenge and help 
her personally,” Alejandro said in an 
interview with Univision News. 

On the first day of the trip, she 
contacted her parents and updated 
her Facebook profile picture. The 
next day, she was missing. 

Diana’s mother texted her on 
the second day reminding her of her 
flight, but Diana told them she would 
not be returning home. This was the 
last contact that they had with her. 

Her parents stand behind the fact 


that she would not commit suicide. 

“If she planned to kill herself, 
why, on the day she disappeared, did 
she buy a t-shirt and postcards in the 
Grand Canyon shop? Why did she 
post on Facebook a photo looking so 
happy?” Alejandro asked. 

After disappearing, Diana was not 
found for four months. During this 
time, Alejandro took a trip to Arizona 
to search for his daughter himself. He 
posted photos of her all across town 
and searched in the Canyon. 

On July 30, remains of a woman 
matching Diana’s description were 
found. The next day her body was 
identified by the Coconino County 
Medical Examiner’s Office in 
Arizona. Diana was laid to rest on 
Thursday at the American Cemetery 
of Natchitoches. 

On behalf of The Current Sauce, 
we extend our deepest sympathies to 
the Zacarias family and friends. 





news 


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Many areas in South Louisiana were affected by heavy rainfall. Baton Rouge was amoung many cities that experienced record floods. 


Photos by Maddie Fry 


NSU student shares home evacuation story 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

W hen NSU sophomore 
Bethany Lee visited 
her home on Friday, 
Aug. 18, she wasn’t expecting to 
escape her house by boat. 

The heavy rainfall that hit Baton 
Rouge, Denham Springs, New Iberia 
and other surrounding cities caused 
record-breaking flooding. The Amite 
River reached a record high of 46.2 
feet in Denham Springs. The Red 
Cross named the flooding the ‘worst 
natural disaster’ since Hurricane 


Sandy. 

Lee is only one one of many NSU 
students who lost their homes and 
vehicles due to high- 
rising waters that forced 
evacuations. 

On Saturday, 
a day after she 
arrived home, 

Lee’s family 
started noticing 
water rising in 
the back of their 
neighborhood. 

“The water came up pretty quick. 
It reached my front door around 1 
p.m. and then by 3 p.m. it was almost 


up to our knees,” Lee said. 

The water in Lee’s home 
continued to rise. A few hours later. 


rescue boats arrived in her area, but 
her family reached higher ground 
with her father’s boat. 

Not long after, military trucks 
started bringing people to shelter. 


Lee’s dad and brother stayed behind 
to care for six dogs and four cats left 
at home while Lee waited with her 
mother and sister for 
rescue. 

“Once I 
got up to the 
highway the 
rescue bus was 
full.... and they 
[the bus driver] 
said they would 
come back with 
another one,” Lee said. “Another 
big truck passed by and didn’t stop to 
pick us up. . .1 started calling 911 and 
the fire department just to figure out 
what was going on. ” 


Lee told the fire department that 
over fifty people were stranded on 
Flanery Road. They kept replying, 
“we’re aware of your situation, we’re 
working on getting someone out 
there.” 

The Washington Post said the 
flooding has left at least 13 dead, 
30,000 rescued, with 40,000 homes 
damaged. 

Lee filled out the NSU4U form 
and says that Dean Frances Conine 
immediately responded, offering her 
any school supplies or clothing that 
she needed. 


They kept replying, “we’re aware 
of your situation, we’re working on 
getting someone out there.” 



Alumni funds ADA Turpin additions 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

Fee payment deadlines have 
been extended for students 
impacted by the harsh flooding, 
as well as attendance for the first 
week of school. 

Dean Frances Conine says that 
she believes the faculty are doing 
“an excellent job helping out”. 
Conine and her team are making 
sure professors are notified of 
students who have been affected. 

“Over 75 students asked 
us to contact them and we have 


personally responded to every 
single email”, Conine said. 

NSU has created a website 
for students who were affected by 
the flooding to receive assistance 
through the university. Students 
are asked to fill out a form 
regarding the specifics of their 
situation and what sort of help they 
need from the university to ensure 
their return for the fall semester. 
Anyone who has questions 
about advising, fee payments, 
registration, housing, or any other 
issues can visit www.nsula.edu/ 
nsu4u or call (318) 357-5286 to 
speak with university personnel. 


Demon football fans will be a little 
safer this fall with the new 2,186 
purple seats added to the home side 
of Turpin Stadium. 

NSU started tearing down the 
old seats in May, and they have been 
working to prepare the new ADA 
accessible seats by the first home 
game against the University of the 
Incarnate Word on Sept. 8. 

“The old seats were really not 
even safe, having been around 
since 1977,” NSU President Jim 
Henderson said. “There were 
missing pieces, and we couldn’t find 
parts for them.” 

The $500 thousand to $600 
thousand project was privately funded 
by former NSU football captain Bryan 
Lewis, and his wife, Heloise. 

In addition to to the railings on 
all sides of the aisles and the added 


handicap accessible areas, 

the new seats will be 3 inches 
wider and include cup holders. 

“One of the most important 
things is the experience for the fans 
and to make a good impression, not 
only for the home fans, but for the 


people that travel long distances to 
see their team play NSU,” Athletic 
Director Greg Burke said. “The 
stadium might be one of the only 
things they view of Northwestern, so 
we want to make sure that it is a good 
experience.” 








arts & Living 


Letter from the Editor 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

F irst of all, I want to congratulate myself 
on this first issue as Editor in Chief. I 
couldn’t have done it without myself. 
I’m probably going to take a selfie with it, 
which I will send to my parents, so they can 
also congratulate me. 

But joking aside, I really want to 
congratulate you because you have survived 
your first week of college, and that is not easy. 

“Old people” may trivialize our dumb, 
millennial lives, but we just like to express 
ourselves. My lack of wrinkles does not mean 
that I lack problems. 

The Current Sauce acknowledges the 
struggle of your pre-adult, but not-a-kid 
existence. We care about your issues, your 
thoughts, and most importantly, we care 
about your newspaper. That’s right, this 
is your newspaper. It is dedicated to you 
every single week. (Although, we once sort 
of dedicated it to President Henderson by 
putting his head on a butterfly. For more 
information on this, check out our satire 
issue from last semester.) 


This first issue is brought to you by the 
caffeine in Starbucks coffee, the individuals 
that post life’s burning questions on the 
Student Concerns Facebook Page and our 
student media coordinator’s newborn man 
bun. (We came back after the summer break 
and POOF! A baby bun had appeared on his 
head, and we will never stop talking about it.) 

But most of all, this issue is brought to 
you by the people involved in its making, 
which include, but are not limited to the 
following: the students who shared their 
personal stories of the devastating flooding 
this month, the faculty and staff who politely 
put up with the reporters who pestered 
them day and night to schedule interviews, 
our student media coordinator who offered 
wise counsel that was completely unrelated 
to his hairstyle, and The Current Sauce staff 
members who slaved away all week to bring 
this issue to you. 

Thank you for picking up our issue, and 
please send us your feedback, story ideas, 
comments and concerns at thecurrentsauce@ 
gmail.com or The Current Sauce Facebook 
page. 


We hope your 
semester is off to 
at least a mediocre 
start, but that your 
dreams eventually 
come true and you 
can laugh about 
this time in your 
life in the years to 
come. Good luck 
on your next few 
weeks of school, 
and remember to 
buy those Scantrons 
before you forget! 



Brewery comes to town 


JOSH FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 


Word of a new brewery in Natchitoches 
has been causing a stir over the past few 
months as the residents of South Wiliams 
Dr. have expressed concern for their 
neighborhood. 

At a city hall meeting on May 23, NSU 
graduates Cade Gentry and Justin Krouse 
proposed to build a brewery on what is now 
the old mill site. 

The old mill site is currently the city’s 
Public Works Department, and many 
residents don’t find the area visually pleasing. 

An article in the Natchitoches Parish 
Journal quoted Natchitoches Mayor Lee 
Posey on the matter: “Since moving to 



Natchitoches I’ve been looking at that 
group of ugly buildings, trying to think 
of what we could do with them. It could 
become something more productive to the 
community.” 

However, during a city hall meeting held 
on July 25, Marion Salter, a South Williams 
Homeowners Representative, presented a 
document, signed by 81 residents of the 
community, containing six main concerns. 

Many of the group’s wishes were already 
met in the lease that was to be signed by the 
brewery except for one— the threat of noise 
pollution. 

At the July city hall meeting, Posey told 
Salter that an acoustic engineer was visiting 
the old mill site within the next few weeks for 
an unrelated project, but would also provide 
his professional opinion on the matter. 

On Aug. 22, Salter, along with supporting 
members of South Williams, addressed 
the council once again. This time, Salter 
expressed that she felt they had been left out 
of important meetings regarding the matter, 
and Posey replied, saying, “You were never 
meant to be there.” 

Posey regarded Salter’s exclusion as a 
miscommunication, and reiterated that the 
council, along with Gentry and Krouse, 
have tried their best to accommodate the 
homeowners’ association. 

“If this were happening in your backyard, 
you know you’d be standing up here,” said 
Salter. 



Posey disagreed saying, “If this were me, 
I’d be over there with beverage in my hand,” 
which caused an outbreak of applause from 
brewery supporters. 

The council motioned to vote on the 
continuation of the brewery project, in 
which all voted “yes” without hesitation. 

Krouse says they “aren’t trying to be the 
bad guys,” but he and Gentry are looking 
forward to working with South Williams 
residents and anyone else who has concerns 
about the business. 

Cane River Brewery will consist of a 
distribution process, an outdoor patio and 
a taproom for tastings. The two plan to tie 
in the culture and history of Natchitoches 
with their brews and focus mainly on ales 
due to the elongated fermentation process 
of lagers.: 

According to the Natchitoches Parish 
Journal, Krouse said, “I’d like to see our beer 
all over the state within the next five years.” 


Photo by Alec Horton 


Animal rights 
group emerges 

AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 


If advocating against the mistreatment 
of animals is your passion, then you should 
check out NSU’s new student organization: 
Students for Animal Protection (SAP). 

SAP president Haley Tucker, a biology 
major with aspirations of becoming a 
veterinarian, wants the organization to be a 
social and activist group that focuses on the 
well-being of domesticated animals. 

Tucker maintained that SAP will not 
become an “in-your-face” animal activist 
group that protests outside of restaurants 
with an agenda to persuade students to 
become vegetarians. 

Raising awareness about animal abuse 
is SAP’s main goal. They plan to tackle 
this aspiration through peaceful activism: 
rallies, info cards and other educational 
tools. 

On-campus charity events are a 
challenge for SAP; there are no venues 
that allow pets. However, they will start 
assisting with animal adoption fees through 
bake sales. 

A charity ball is in the works for SAP 
to raise money for the local animal shelter. 
Tucker hopes that SAP will partner with 
Natchitoches Hope for Paws in the future. 

SAP’s first meeting is Thursday, Sep. 
15 at 5 pm in room 320 of the Student 
Union. The meeting will focus on the input 
of potential members. 





arts & Living 


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NSU exchanges culture with Cuban universities 


The Current Sauce 

Editorial 

Board. 


JAY CANOVA 

Contributing Writer 

F ine and graphic arts major Ethan Stelly 
“didn’t know what to expect” when he 
visited Cuba with a group of NSU faculty 
and students last May. 

The group stayed in Havana, the capital of 
Cuba, for seven days, sampling the culture and 
visiting universities, museums and local art 
studios. 

“It wasn’t like we were really tourists,” said 
mass communications and liberal arts major 
Sarah Gandy, “We were literally walking down 
the street next to local people and hearing them 
talk and seeing their daily lives. That’s what was 
so neat about it.” 

The group visited the University of Arts 
Cuba (ISA) and the University of Design 
(ISDA), where the Festival of Arts Convocation 
was taking place. The festival showcased 
musicians, actors, and dancers. 

At the universities, the group saw the Cuban 



Senior Ethan Stelly observes lithographic stones in the University of Arts Cuba. 

Photos by Isabella Jones 


“We were literally walking down 
the street next to local people 
and hearing them talk and 
seeing their daily lives. That’s 
what was so neat about it.” 


students’ projects and received a student-made 
memento- a hat compiled of yellow straps from 
grocery bags, sewn together. 

Stelly said he felt “weird as an American” 
looking at the politically charged artwork. He 
described one sculpture as “a white Jesus with 
machetes in him.” 

They have a government system that is 
really restrictive,” Stelly said. “So when I saw 


stuff in the museum, and I saw the stuff at the 
art university, it was really politically charged. 

And a lot of it didn’t hold back like I thought it 
would.” 

This trip is one of the many that NSU has 
offered, but Vice President of University Affairs 
Marcus Jones says that many students are not 
seeking out study abroad trips because “most 
students don’t have the financial means or just 
haven’t been inspired to travel.” 

However, students are able to pay for these 
trips with their financial aid and scholarships 
through the International Student Exchange 
Program (ISEP). 

For more information, students can contact 
the Director of the NSU nesource Center, 
TelbaEspinoza-Contreras at 318-357-5939. 



Getting in on the act 

Theatre freshman introduced to current students, 
faculty and staff. 


VALENTINA PEREZ 

Staff Photographer 

The Student Theatre Organization (STO) 
hosted its first-ever reception for incoming 
freshman Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the Hanchey 
Art Gallery. 

6 ’We wanted a chance to have all the freshmen 
meet each other and the upperclassmen in a 
very non-formal setting,” says Jhalon Thomas, 
President of the Student Theatre organization. 
“It is just something casual to make them feel a 
little more at home while away from home. ” 
Thomas noted that during his time as a 
freshman, few opportunities existed to meet 


the department community before being 
thrown into the “chaos” that is Theatre CAPA. 
Experiences like Thomas’ are what inspired 
STO to make this event possible for freshmen. 
“It’s up to STO to make sure students feel 
comfortable in a setting outside of the classroom 
where they can get to know each other,” said 
Dr. Vicki Parrish, Professor of Theatre. 

Of these freshman, many were not theatre and 
dance majors. 

“There were theatre majors, theatre minors 
and people who aren’t even a part of the 
department who came out and were interested 
in participating in theatre events,” Thomas 
said. 



Freshmen Cathleen Oviedo and Haley 
Helm meet with Assistant Professor of 
Theatre, Paul Pharris. 

Photo by Valentina Perez 


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sports 


West out for a second season? 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 


S ometimes life won’t give you a break. 
This is especially true for Jalan West, 
Northwestern State’s sixth-year point 
guard, who re-tore part of his ACL earlier this 
month and is most likely out for another season. 

West led the country in assists during the 
2014-2015 season with 7.7 per game, and 20 
points per game. He missed the 2015-2016 
season, tearing the ACL in his right knee in 
the first game of the year. Despite graduating 
in spring of 2016, West was granted another 
year of eligibility from the National Collegiate 
Athletic Association (NCAA) because he was 
injured so early in the season. 

Even with the NCAA’s extension of 
eligibility, West again faces the possibility of 
sitting out. “I never thought it was as bad as 
it was when it happened. I was just cleared for 
practice and was doing normal five on five drills. 
I made a move to the basket, and heard my knee 
pop,” West said. It had started swelling thirty 
minutes later. 

That same night he traveled to Shreveport 
to get an MRI. “I knew something was wrong,” 
said West. “But I didn’t think it was anything 
too serious, until the doctor had told me the 
news.” 

West’s teammates didn’t believe it to be 
as serious as it was either, though they were 
still worried. Going down as quickly as West 
did after a serious injury was not a good sign. 
However, West remains optimistic throughout 
this setback. “I don’t think I’ll be out for the 
rest of the season,” he said. 

Northwestern State didn’t have too hot of a 
season last year in the absence of West, winning 
eight games out of their possible 28, their worst 
finish since 2002. The Demons are hoping to 
get back to their winning ways this season, 
with Ishmael Lane and Zeek Woodley taking 
the lead. Lane led his team with 5.6 rebounds 
per game and 158 total. Woodley was the top 
scorer for the Demons, averaging 22.2 points 
per game and 40.7 percent from the three- 
point line last year. 


The Demons had a good outing last week 
when they traveled on their Canadian tour, 
sweeping all four games, including a 85-80 
win over the University of Toronto. Sabri 
Thompson was one of the stars of the game, 
scoring 34 points on 12 of 15 shooting and 
100 percent from behind the arc. 

Jalan will have his surgery Sept. 1 on his 
right knee, and is hoping to get back on the 
court before the season ends. 

“I’m going to do everything possible to 
make sure my team gets into the Southland 
Conference tournament and we can go dancin’ 
one more time,” West said, referring to when 
a team plays in the NCAA tournament, March 
Madness. 

“I’m not done. I’m still practicing. I’m 
still shooting hoops. Everything happens for a 
reason, man. I know God has apian for me, and 
I’m here to serve.” 


Demon Football season begins 

CLAYTON SKINNER 

Contributing Reporter 


Demon Football will play its first game of 
the season on Friday, Sept. 2nd in Frisco, Texas 
against the Baylor Bears. After a 4-7 season 
last year, the Demons hope to start off a more 
successful season with a win away from home. 

Demon fans should expect a tough game; 
Baylor led the nation in scoring last year and 
comes into this season with a 10-3 record. 
Despite the challenge ahead, the team is eager 
to get their feet on the held. 

“I’m excited to put my skills to the test,” 
freshman Offensive Lineman, Matt Briggs said. 
Head Coach Jay Thomas describes the first 


game as feeling like “Christmas day.” 

“The team is a family here and regardless of 
the challenge at Baylor we are gonna ball out,” 
said Briggs. 

With the hr st game being a few days away, 
the team anticipates how their “Christmas” will 
turn out this year. Either way. Coach Thomas 
expects a good game after the summer camp 
intensive. 


Alumnus Jalan West tears ACL again and risks losing his 
chance to play one last season as a Demon. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 


NSU SPORTS CALENDAR 



Wednesday, Aug. 3 1 

Freshman Follies II - President’s Field - 3p 
WVB vs UL Monroe - Home - 6:30p 


Friday, Sept. 2 

WVB vs Southeast Missouri State - Birmingham, AL -10a 
Swim meet - NSU Recreation Complex - 2p 
Men’s/W omen’s Cross Country - McNeese - 5p 
FB vs Baylor - Waco, TX - 6:30p 
WVB vs Samford - Birmingham, AL - 6:30p 
WSOC vs Jackson State - Home - 6:30p 


Sunday, Sept. 3 

WVB vs UAB - Birmingham, AL -10a 
WVB vs Tennessee Tech - Birmingham, AL - 2:30p 


Monday, Sept. 4 

WSOC vs Texas Wesleyan - Home - lp 





opinions 


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Larancion Magee 



Classification: Freshman 
Biology 


“It’s low key crazy. I definitely wasn’t 
expecting that increase my first year at NSU. 
Students probably already had an idea of what 
they wanted to do with the money, but now 
that fees have increased, they will have to find 
out another way to pay for expenses out of 
pocket.” 

NS’ir 


Byron Patterson 



Classification: Freshman 
Sports Administration 


“College is already so expensive, so please 
don’t throw another $300 fee our way. At least 
notify us so we can prepare for it. ” 


Voice 


“How do you feel about fees increasing 
approximatley $300 for full-time students?” 


Hannah Morris 


John Pearce 




Classification: Senior 
Communications 


SGA President 
Classification: Senior 
Communications 


“I’m okay with student fees increasing by 
$300 as long as it’s going towards a good 
cause. If we’re hiring new faculty and staff, 
and bettering NSU with the money. I’m okay 
with that. However, not being notified about 
the increase unsettles me a little and makes me 
wonder what else they aren’t telling us. ” 

Check out our online coverage about 

raised fees at currentsaucenews.com 


“Nobody likes for fees to increase, but 
obviously that money is going towards keeping 
the student experience that we have here at 
NSU rolling.” 

“. . .LSU’s tuition has gone up five percent, 
along with other universities in Louisiana. So 
in the grand scheme of things it is an increase, 
but you can only ask for so much with the 
budget we’ve been allowed to work with.” 


We deserve better 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

I am at a loss for words. 

Starting Aug. 13, the city of 
Baton Rouge and surrounding 
areas experienced torrential flooding and 
many were left without homes, cars or 
even lives. 

The damaging weather has coined 
the name “The 500-Year Flood” because, 

» according to the United States Geological 
Survey, a flood of this magnitude only 
has a 0.2% chance of occurring in a given 
year. 

For days, my Facebook newsfeed was 
full of terrified people who didn’t know 
when the rain would stop, too afraid to 
leave their houses because water began to 
overtake roads. 

Cars started to flood, people became 
stranded, and then we started to 
realize that the rain wasn’t stopping. I 
watched my city frantically try to take 
precautionary measures, to no avail. 

We sat inside and watched the local 
news- -it was all we could do. People 
worried endlessly about their loved ones 
when AT&T lost service citywide. When 

The Politics 

RYAN WARE 

Contributing Reporter 

Over the past two weeks, I have 
witnessed the political “drama” unfold as 
Southern and Southeastern Louisiana have 
undergone mass flooding. After the waters 
subsided, politicians came around. John Bel 
Edwards performed as governor, Donald 
Trump came for a visit and President Obama 
came down as well. 

I was originally going to write about 
how these politicians used the flood victims 
for personal gain, and how they shouldn’t 
do that. I have my own opinions about how 
these people handled the situations they 
were involved in the past few weeks. I could 
get articles, accumulate quotes and tell this 
story from my own political viewpoint. But 
I’m not going to do that. 

My perspective on the this “drama” 

) ' changed on August 2 7 when I traveled to 
Baton Rouge with the pastors and members 
of Pineville First United Methodist Church. 

\ We entered the devastating aftermath of the 
1 flood to work in the homes of the devastated 
| victims. 

Most of our time was spent in the home 
!' of an 84-year-old woman. This woman lost 
, everything and had no flood insurance. He 
1 walls had been gutted, and we were working 
I to rip out the flooring. 

Images on T. Y. or in newspapers do not 
give justice to what I saw driving through 
neighborhood after neighborhood of flood- 


the weather started to force evacuations, 
it suddenly became real. 

It’s a tragedy. Why is the mainstream 
media mostly silent? So much “breaking 
news” is reported that is substantially less 
serious than this natural disaster. 

The only comfort to this lack of 
coverage is how overwhelmingly quickly 
the community of Baton Rouge pulled 
together to rebuild. 

People were in boats and kayaks in 
the dark rescuing others from roofs and 
porches. Pets were evacuated, and Celtic 
Studios in Baton Rouge was opened as a 
shelter. Donations of food, bedding and 
toiletries came pouring in and businesses 
were giving away free food and services 
to benefit those who had lost everything. 
Somehow, in the midst of all of this chaos, 
the thing that really bothers me is the way 
non- southerners addressed the situation. 
Comments on Facebook begged the 
question, “why would you be so stupid as 
to live below sea-level?” 

Suddenly, Louisiana was being asked 
to explain itself for undergoing such a 
devastation, as if having to deal with 
insurance companies, lost personal items 
and destroyed houses wasn’t enough. 

of Flooding 

ravaged homes. In front of all of the houses, 
from one end of the street to the other, 
were huge piles of peoples’ possessions; 
there were cabinets, parts of wall insulation, 
flooring, furniture, appliances, clothing— 
literally anything inside of the homes that was 
damaged by the water. 

All down the street, these piles continued 
over every lawn, leaving only small spaces 
for driveways. The piles of possessions 
towered so high that we couldn’t even see 
our pastor’s car parked in front of one of the 
homes we visited. 

So why am I telling you this and not 
blabbing about politicians exploiting the 
flood victims? I am telling you a different 
story because ranting about apolitical drama 
will only exploit flood victims even more. 
Using people and their suffering to talk 
about politics only ignores the issue. And 
trust me; there is an issue. 

A paragraph from a recent article in 
The Time Picayune shows the magnitude 
of the damage: “Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 
office has estimated 60,646 houses were 
damaged and 30,000 people rescued; other 
people escaped on their own. FEMA says 
109,398 people or household have applied 
for housing help, and 25,000 National Flood 
Insurance Program claims have been hied.” 

Our neighbors to the South have gone 
through a lot. Instead of talking about what 
politicians have or have not done, let’s 
acknowledge that the politicians should 
focus on helping these people, and so should 
we. 






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The ugly TRUTH 

about registration fees 

Tuition no longer absorbs state cuts 


Students worried 
about housing 
security deposits 

page 2 


SGA talks about 
last semester’s 
parking bill 

page 4 

Scholars’ student 
shares best study 
spots 

page 7 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-In-Chief 

The Fall 2016 semester did not begin 
with a “bang,” but with a $25 increase in 
registration fees per credit hour, which some 
might call a “blow.” 

This “blow” was not softened by a 
warning. MyNSU delivered the harsh news to 
students when they paid their bills, and the 
Student Concerns Page sent Facebook into a 
flurry of notifications. 

NSU policy does not require that 
Business Affairs inform students of increased 
fees. However, Bursar Daphne Sampite said 
there was no time to notify students since the 
state did not make budget decisions for the 
2016-17 academic year until the end of July. 

“We have no control on the timing of 
that,” Sampite said. “Literally a week before 
the pre-bills went out was when we got 
approval.” 


The Elevate Louisiana Initiative 
Results of the FY 14-15 Fiscal Health Analysis 


Sampite said that legislation in House Bill 
152 of the 2015 Regular Session allowed 
NSU to increase fees, but restricted increased 
tuition. 

NSU is funding 100 percent of TOPS at 
last year’s rate, but full-time students will pay 
approximately $300 more in registration fees 
than last year. However, NSU President Jim 
Henderson said that NSU is “investing dollars 
in the right things.” 

NSU’s budgetary records are disclosed on 
the Business Affairs website, but Henderson, 
Sampite and the Vice President for Business 
Affairs, Carl Jones, explained, in plain terms- 
without spreadsheets or math jargon-how the 
increased registration fees will be used: 

1 .Accumulated reductions in 
state funding 

The accumulated budget declines since 
2008 is the primary reason, Jones said, that 
fees have increased. Since 2008, tuition 
and fees have gone up almost 120 percent at 
most Louisiana universities. Jones said NSU 
students are now funding 78 percent of their 
educations, while the state funds 28 percent in 
the operating fund alone. 



2. Thirty new faculty members 
and added resources to the 
sciences and languages 

The registration fund pays for “the right 
things” by feeding into the general operating 
fund, an unrestricted fund used for university 
operations. Faculty salaries and educational 
resources come from this fund, but it does not 
cover job salaries related with food service and 
non-educational fees. Jones said the general 
operating fund is “purely educational.” 

3. Unfunded mandates 

The general operating fund not only pays 
for faculty salaries, but for related benefits. 

“Related benefits, like to pay the matching 
part of insurance-they’re called mandates- 
which you’re required to do,” said Sampete. 
“It’s like a company... As you know, health 
insurance has gone up, and we’re not getting 
reimbursement from the state to offset those 
costs.” 


4. Fee exemptions and 
scholarships 

Fee exemptions for financially eligible 
students are also state-required mandates, 
and with NSU’s growing enrollment rate, 
exemptions and scholarships increase as well. 

Fee exemptions and salaries may come from 
the general operating fund, but certain student 
fees are still reserved for other NSU services 
that benefit the students. 

“Our building use fee is a restricted fund 
that students pay as a part of their registration 
fees,” Sampete said. “That goes toward 
doing repairs and maintenance on academic 


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You’re 

hitting 


a very, 

very soft spot 
for me,” said 
Henderson. 
“This — it kills 


me. 




buildings.” 

Despite the recent increases, Jones said 
that NSU is in good fiscal health and ranks 
third in the UL system category. Additionally, 
Henderson said that NSU foresees no increase 
in tuition or fees in the Fall 201 7 semester and 
is “extraordinarily sensitive to the cost of higher 
education.” 

“You’re hitting a very, very soft spot for 
me,” said Henderson. “This— it kills me.” 




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Managing Editor 

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Copy Editor 

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Copy Editor 



Demons provide aid to flooding victims 


Jacob Farnsley 

News Editor, Distribution, 
Online Editor 

Josh Fontenot 

A&L Editor, Online Editor, 
Social Media Coordinator 

An-gel Samuel 

Opinions Editor, 
Assistant Visual Editor 

Jacob Hicks 

Sports Editor 

Steven Sheerin 

Visual Editor, Designer 

Alec Horton 

Public Affairs Manager, Designer 

Elizabeth Perez 

Ad Sales Representative 

Advisors 


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Department Head 

Daniel Thiels 

Student Media Coordinator 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

N SU student Ryan Ware 
worked in the flood-damaged 
home of an 84-year-old 
woman who didn't have flood 
insurance. Her daughter was with 
them in Baton Rouge, delegating 
work to the many volunteers of the 
First United Methodist Church. 

"We sent three groups on 
different days to go down to Baton 
Rouge and Zachary," Ware said, 
adding that they worked on several 
homes at a time. 

Starting the week of Aug. 17, 
different NSU groups including 
Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Nu and the 
Scholars' College worked to support 
Louisiana flood victims. 

Junior Josh Wilkins, a member of 
Alpha Phi Alpha, said his fraternity 
set up a tent outside of Wal-Mart in 
Natchitoches to collect supplies and 
accept donations for those in need. 

“We had people come in and out 
of Wal-Mart ... giving us water and 
clothes, pillows, food and even food 


for the animals," Wilkins said. 

The Scholars' College traveled 
to Baton Rouge during Labor Day 
weekend to help rebuild homes. Two 
Scholars' alumni, a Scholars' parent, 
and Biology professor Dr. Phifer and 
his wife joined the team. 

Senior Kirsten Fontenot said that 
there is still "so much vital work" to 
be done. 

“The flood victims need people 
to just be with them and show them 
they aren’t alone and help them clean 
out their homes where they lost 
everything in three days," the pre- 
med major said. 

Scholars' teamed up with 
Operation Blessing, an organization 
that organizes volunteer work 
projects. Dr. Holly Stave, Mrs. 
Francis Conine and SAB all donated 
to Operation Blessing. 

The volunteers helped move 
debris, clear out drywall and work on 
flooring. 

“It’s completely heartbreaking 
and devastating to see how much 
these people lost,” Fontenot said. 
"It is an awful thing going on down 
here." 




Phifer partnered with Operation Blessing to bring Scholars’ 
students to Baton Rouge. The volunteers cleared out homes 
during Labor Day Weekend. Photos courtesy of Deanna Lovejoy 


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Students still missing deposits from spring semester 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

Sophomore nursing major 
Mariah Hester isn’t the only student 
who hasn’t received her on-campus 
housing security deposit back for the 
20 15- 16 year. 

Several students on the Students 
Concerns Facebook Page reported 
having the same problem as Hester. 

After a few attempts to contact 
housing after the spring semester, 
Hester called again in June. 

“I was transferred through several 
departments until I was told I should 
be getting my deposit in two weeks,” 
Hester said. “Two weeks came and 


went.” 

Hester said she posted on the 
Concerns Page in mid-July, a month 
after notifying housing of her issue. 

In August, housing informed 
Hester that she would not receive her 
deposit back at all due to her name 
not being on the security deposit 
list. She later received an email from 
housing saying that housing would 
not refund the deposit due to unpaid 
fees, of which Hester says are “false.” 

Hester appealed this issue, and 
her appeal was granted. She said 
housing told her they would cut the 
check last week. 

“I am still waiting on the 
remainder of my security deposit,” 


Hester said. “I want to use the money 
to buy my stethoscope for clinical.” 

No Facebook responses were 
discovered from Campus Living 
Villages (CLV) until the Current 
Sauce publicized an upcoming 
article on the subject. Director of 
Operations for Residence Life at 
CLV commented on students’ posts 
telling them to contact CLV with 
their concerns. 

The CLV Director of Resident 
Life, Stephanie Dyjack, responded to 
the Current Sauce’s questions in an 
email saying that the refund process 
relocated from the local office to a 
corporate office in Houston. 

Dyjack said that flaws in the 


corporate office resulted in the 
students who were overlooked and 
that they did not know the local 
office’s process. 

The corporate office will not 
handle security deposits starting next 
year, and the process will return to 
the local office. 

Dyjack said that they are currently 
auditing for the students who were 
supposed to receive their deposits 
back, and she is working to fully 
refund them. 

Students who have not received 
their security deposits back from last 
year can contact Stephanie Dyjack 
at stephanie.dyjack@clvusa.com or 
318-214-5400. 





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New degree added to curriculum 



Illustration by Rachael Coyne 


The new kiosks on campus will offer students an 
outdoor distribution option for newspapers. 

Photo courtesy of Signal Campus 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 


O n Aug. 24, NSU became the only Louisiana 
institution to offer a degree in Applied 
Microbiology after the Louisiana Board of 
Regents approved the new program. 

After its termination in 1970, Professor of 
Microbiology, Dr. Michael Land, revived the 
program. Land said that the new program will 
not require additional funding since two 
newly hired biology professors specialize 
in microbiology. 

The new Bachelor of Science 
degree will prepare students for 
careers specializing in the public and 
private sectors of environmental 
compliance, water and air quality, 
food and safety, public health, 
organic farming and gardening, 
and homeland security. 

“Our program will provide 
students with the critical 
thinking, problem-solving 
and applied academic skill 
set necessary for success in 
the workforce,” said Acting 
Director of NSU’s School of 
Biological and Physical Sciences, 

Dr. Francene J. Lemoine. 

The new degree offers two 
concentrations: environmental 

and applied microbiology and 
medical and health profession, 
both of which will allow students to 
explore microorganisms’ role in food 
and environmental issues. They will also 
focus on finding scientific solutions to the 
problems caused by population growth. 

For more information, contact Dr. Michael 
Land at 318-357-5343 or Dr. Francene J. 

Lemoine at 318-357-5805. 



Outdoor newsstands on the way 


DANIEL THIELS 

Student Media Coordinator 

The Current Sauce partnered with 
Signal Campus to bring new exterior 
newsstands to campus at no cost to NSU. 
The expected installation date for the 
stands is Friday, Sept. 23. 

Six purple aluminum stands will be 


placed in high-traffic outdoor areas by the 
Iberville Cafeteria, Watson Library, the 
Athletic held house, CAPA Courtyard, 
Kyser Brickway and the Student Services 
building. 

Current Sauce Distribution Manager, 
Jacob Farnsley, said he hopes that the new 
stands will make the papers more easily 
accessible to students. 

"In some buildings, racks are hidden," 


Farnsley said. "These are large, purple 
and they stand out. Hopefully, students 
will be more likely to pick [the papers] up" 

The new stands are weather resistant 
and will also feature a recycling slot where 
students can place old papers. 

"What's the use of a newspaper if 
students don't even read it?" Current 
Sauce Editor-in-Chief Ashley Wolf said. 
"Read, re-read, recycle is my motto. " 








On a scouting trip for a study abroad program, Scholars’ director Bartels visited a zoo in Sydney, Australia. She fed a wallaby. “I love wallabies,” she said. 

Photo submitted by Kirsten Bartels 


Natchitoches welcomes new Scholars 9 director 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

T he new Scholars' College Director, 
Dr. Kirtsen Bartels, believes that NSU 
students "can and should change the 
world." 

In her new position, Bartels plans to raise 
the quality of education at NSU by encouraging 
faculty to incorporate student feedback and to 
experiment in their work. 

“A really good honors college is a place 
where you take risks, and you try new things,” 
Bartels said. “And if they work, then you bring 
them to the university as a whole.” 

Bartels said she hopes to make the Louisiana 
Scholars’ College (LSC) a worldwide premier 
honors experience by focusing on why a liberal 
arts degree sets students apart. 


A student studying liberal arts gains a taste 
of many different fields. Bartels said that this 
kind of education adds variety to a student's 
history and resume, which is beneficial in the 
job market. 

Bartels is not new to the concept of a diverse 
background; she has a B.A. in Geology, an 
M.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Contemporary 
Holocaust Fiction for Young Adults. 

Whether “someone wants to go to medical 
school, go to grad school, start a business, have 
a career, or take a gap year and work on a sheep 
farm in New Zealand,” Bartels said that she 
aspires to prepare LSC students for whatever 
they pursue after college. 

The recent generations of students, Bartels 
said, receive an overload of information 
because they grew up with the accessibility of 
the Internet. Deciding what content is valuable 
can be difficult for students. 


“So how do you know?” she said. “How do 
you decide what to get involved with, what to 
be excited about, what to be passionate about- 
where you want to go?” 

Bartels said that a liberal arts education can 
teach students the decisive skills they need to 
answer these questions authentically. 

“She is a dynamo, a force of nature,” LSC 
Professor of English Dr. Holly Stave said. “She 
is also one of the kindest people I have ever met. 
She greets everyone, regardless of what that 
person’s position is, with warm and affection.” 

Before coming to Natchitoches, Bartels 
spent three years at the University of Illinois 
working as the director of the honors program 
for the college for liberal arts and sciences. 

"I've never lived in the South before," 
Bartels said excitingly. "My husband was 
obsessed with Ending gators, so we've been on 
multiple gator excursions. " 


Bartels chose LSC “based on the people” 
and said she loves the South, but she refuses to 
say “y’all” in conversation. 

Bartels felt welcomed by Natchitoches 
community. 

" I get stopped on the street and welcomed, " 
she said. "It's awesome. I can't go to the 
grocery store in sweats anymore, but the people 
care so much, and the students are amazing." 

" She ' s what we needed, " said Stave . " She ' s 
been in touch with honors education and how it 
has evolved in the last couple decades, and she 
can lead us to be even better than we already 
are." 

The questions Bartels always aims to ask 
in her classes are, "Why does this material 
matter?” and, “What are you going to do with 
this information?" Bartels pushes her students 
to End answers with the hopes of inspiring them 
to achieve their goals. 


SGA to amend previous parking bill 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

NSU’s parking system may be revised by the 
Fall 2017 semester. 

Last semester, SGA introduced a parking 
bill that introduced brought forth parking 
stickers to the corresponding color-coded lots 
on campus. 

The purpose of the bill was to create clearly 
visible parking lot signs to reduce parking 


tickets. 

SGA President John Pearce previously 
served on the traffic appeals committee and saw 
students fined for accidentally parking in the 
wrong lots, a mistake he attributes to poorly 
labeled parking lots. 

“$35 could break someone for a month,” 
Pearce said. “It does not serve the students to 
get tickets when they did not know where to 
park in the first place. ” 

Pearce gave the example that most on- 
campus residents are unaware that they are not 


allowed to park in commuter lots. 

Dean of Students Frances Conine vetoed 
the bill last year because she thought the 
language in the bill was too ambiguous to be 
effective. 

“We need to make it as easy as possible as 
we can let to students know where to park,” 
Conine said. 

The new bill will focus on educating 
students, faculty and staff on their designated 
parking areas. 

Reworking the campus police’s current 


parking system costs money to purchase the 
new signs and stickers. Even if the bill passed 
this semester, the current parking system is 
paid for until the end of this academic year. 

Pearce said that students are welcome to 
come by his office in room 102 of the Student 
Union if they have any questions about parking. 
The current Campus Parking and Driving 
Regulations are on the NSU website, and 
students may also contact the campus police at 
3 1 8-357-543 1 , or at their office located in the 
Infirmary Building. 


arts & Living 


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Letter from FMLA president 


MEG DENNY 

FMLA President 

In 2016, the Louisiana Legislature passed 
over a dozen anti-choice bills; seven bills 
became law, including Act 97, which requires 
women to wait an unprecedented 72 hours 
before an abortion. 

That’ s why the F eminist Maj ority Leadership 
Alliance is stepping up to take action and 
demand an end to political interference in our 
healthcare decisions. We are the majority, and 
we will be heard. 

FMLA works hard at NSU to raise awareness 
about a few different issues: access to abortion, 
LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, etc. 

I hope you’ve noticed our efforts. If not, 
then we aren’t doing our jobs right. 

Our “Demon family” suffers from the 
realities listed above. Students experience 
racial inequality, discrimination for their gender 
identity or orientation, and lack of resources for 
reproductive health. 

When you recognize this, you might 
understand why we exist as an RSO on campus. 


On Aug. 10, FMLA will host a livestream 
concert in partnership with the New Orleans 
Abortion Fund (NOAF) and the national 
coalition. All Access. 

The live concert is in Cleveland, OH, and 
features performances from SLA, Leslie Jones, 
and Natalia Lafourcade; Actor and comedian 
Jessica Williams will MC. 

The livestream is one of over 30 local 
events across the nation that will take place 
this weekend to celebrate reproductive rights. 
Natchitoches is one of the few small towns on 
this list, which is something I’m proud to say. 

We want to make this a celebration for 
all local supporters of reproductive freedom. 
Thanks to All Access and NOAF, we will 
provide food and resources for the attendees. 

Our national organization, the Feminist 
Majority Foundation, is traveling to us to meet 
the Natchitoches community. Louisiana Trans 
Advocates will also be present along with a few 
NSU organizations. 

Join us at this gathering full of community 
support. Let’s dance, eat and celebrate the right 
to reproductive freedom together. 


Kopacetic is DEAD 



Former band members declared Kopacetic “dead” in a YouTube video on Aug. 21. 


Photo submitted by Prag Ma 

MADDIE FRY 


Reporter 

The former alternative funk band known as 
Kopacetic, started by NSU graduate Breanna 
Collier, split up last semester. 

Kopacetic released a 5-track EP called 
“Stages” in January 2016 and performed 
in the Natchitoches area, including NSU’s 
DemonFest in the spring. 

Three former Kopacetic band members and 
NSU students Sheldon Busby, Jacob Bryant and 
Chuck Gallaher recently started Prag Ma, which 
the band defines as a multi-genre music project 
leaning towards funk. 

“It was difficult to keep a bigger group, and 
we just wanted to try something different,” said 
Busby, referring to the original band’s split. 


The three plan to co-produce music for 1 
their new YouTube channel. Busby said that j 
although Prag Ma is geared toward funk, they 
do not fall into a specific genre. He said their 
inspirations range from hip hop and funk to i 
jazz and instrumental, and artists such as Chon, 
Polyphia, Usher, Kanye West, Odd Future, \ 
Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. I 

“We three have been playing [together] i 1 ' 1 
ever since high school, and we’re seniors in 
college now,” Busby said. “It feels like maybe 1 
this was the way it was meant to be . ” | 

Busby says Prag Ma will be playing live 
shows , uploading Y outube covers and releasing j 
an original CD. For more information, follow 
the Prag Mag Facebook page for upcoming 
music and events. 



Suni Nelson is one of the University Police Department’s new hires. NSU hired 
four police officers before the start of the semester. Photo by Alec Horton 


University hires new officers 


JOSH FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

S uni Nelson, one of the newest editions to 
the NSU University Police Department, 
is one of three female officers on staff 
with the university. 

Nelson received her master’s degree 
from NSU and says she chose to take her 
position with the UPD because of her strong 
connections to the university. 

"Well hr st off, there was a job opening," 
Nelson said. "I just really enjoy being able to 
help people, honestly. " 

As an officer for the University Police, 
some of Nelson’s duties on campus include 
handling traffic incidents, injuries and 
parking violations. 

"It' s pretty quiet here, which is good. It' s 
a very safe campus," said Nelson. "I actually 
responded to a call earlier this afternoon to 
remove a salamander from a dorm room... 
Needless to say, the suspect was detained." 

Nelson and Rachel Head, another new 
police officer, served as reserve officers 
with the sheriff's office before joining the 
NSU family. The two will attend the Police 

Academy next year to further their training in 
law enforcement. 

When asked if she has experienced any 
resistance as a female in law enforcement, she 
replied, "Not at all." 

"Sometimes a female can have a more 
calming effect on someone," said Nelson. "I 


don't go into it thinking I'm a female; I go 
into the situation as a police officer." 

She encourages students interested in law 
enforcement to get involved in any way they 
can. 

"There are certain ways to get involved 
without becoming a full-time officer," Nelson 
said. "I think it's good to see all sides of law 
enforcement. " 

NSU's UPD offers students positions 
as office attendants and officers, which they 
are currently taking applications for; Nelson 
encourages criminal justice students, in 
particular, to apply for officer positions. 

Nelson says that no call is unimportant 
and that the University Police are more than 
happy to help out in any situation they can. 

In the case of an emergency on campus, 
please call the UPD at 3 1 8-357-543 1 . 



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NSU loses season opener to Baylor 


The Demons played against the Bears at Baylor University on an away game. 


Photos by Alec Horton 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

emon football lost to Baylor on Friday 
with an ending score of 55-7. 

The Bears dominated the Demons 
in the first half with a 48-0 lead at halftime, and 
they kept the lead for the rest of the game. 

“A game like this will help us,” said Demons 
running back De’Mard Llorens. “Baylor has 
a lot of great players... But we did some good 
things, and we saw a lot that we can do better. ” 
At the beginning of the first quarter, the 


Bears were in the lead by 24 points. 

NSU found its rhythm in the second half of 
the game with the Demons keeping Baylor to 
seven points for the entire second half. In the 
third quarter, NSU scored with quarterback 
Brooks Haack’s 3-yard-run into the end zone 
on an 8 play, 45 yard drive. 

“That Baylor team’s a load,” said Demons 
Head Coach Jay Thomas. “But our guys didn’t 
fold. I was proud of our effort and how we 
played much better in the second half.” 

Baylor was strong on defense, keeping 
the Demons at zero points in the hrst half and 


notching 1 5 tackles for loss of 67 yards. 

“We’ll go through this tape, find a lot 
to fix, learn from it, and get ready for a big 
ballgame next Thursday at home— a Southland 
Conference game, against a team that beat us 
last year, said Thomas. “This is a good teaching 
tape. We had a lot of guys who got their feet wet 
tonight, and that will help us next week. ” 

Northwestern State’s next game will be the 
White Out game, their home opener against 
the University of Incarnate Word from San 
Antonio, Texas. The game is on Thursday, 
Sept. 8 in Turpin Stadium. 



Success fuels Gonzalez’s game 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

The last two successful games for the Lady 
Demons soccer team gave Esdeina Gonzalez, 
or Ezzie for short, confidence to continue 
through the season. The player made a goal 
and two assists in the games against Jackson 
State (JSU) and Texas Wesleyan (TWU). 

As a main striker for the team, Gonzalez 
believes that the Demons can finish the season 
with many more wins based on their recent 
performance. 

“We might have gotten to a slow start, but 
we’ve had a really good outing against JSU and 
TWU,” Gonzalez said. “After these next two 


games, the rest of the schedule will be played 
against the Southland Conference, where we 
can catch even more ground and make into the 
[Southland Conference] tournament.” 

Gonzalez explained that her early struggles 
in the season with Southern Methodist 
University and Ole Miss involved lack of skill 
when passing the ball. 

“We’ve been working a lot on our 
attacking,” she said. “If we can get out to an 
early lead, we can build off that momentum, 
and we’ll be more likely to win,” Gonzalez 
said. 

At the last two home games, NSU 
dominated against the likes of JSU and 
TWU, winning 3-0 and 6-0, respectfully. 


These games were played in Shreveport and 
Alexandria because the Demon’s home turf in 
Natchitoches took in too much water. 

Gonzalez played hard against both teams, 
tallying an assist against JSU and contributing 
both a goal and an assist against TWU. She 
shot the ball three times against TWU, with 
two of them being on goal. 

The forward player is not new to the 
ups and downs a soccer season can bring. 
Gonzalez hopes to finish the season strong 
and sees the possibility of soccer in her post- 
graduation plans. 

“I’ve been playing soccer for 1 3 years now, 
and I still love playing the game,” Gonzalez 
said. 





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Sierra Seemion 

Junior 



“Yes. For one, Fm in SAB, so I have to 
go. We work part of the tailgates, but 
whenever my hour is done, I go socialize. 
I go to the tailgates to start getting 
pumped up for the football game.” 


Gregory Massey 

Junior 



“I go for the experience and to meet new 
people. Hopefully, I’ll see smiles and 
creative things when I go. Of course, 
you’ll see food but I would also like to see 
positive vibes.” 


NS’U’ Voice: 

“Are tailgates the place to be?” 


Kirsten Sander 

Freshman 



“I’m an incoming freshmen, and I plan 
on going to the tailgate. I just want to 
have a good time with a big group of 
friends. They say tailgating is what peo- 
ple with the Northwestern spirit do, so I 
want to go and cheer on the Demons.” 


Brittany Hagan 

Junior 



“I like to watch football and hang out 
with my friends. I’m usually having a 
good time with my Alpha Omnicron Pi 
(AOII) sisters, but at the same time, I 
like messing with the away team.” 



Junior Scholars’ student Jordan Reich recommends benches on campus 
as a tranquil study location. Here she sits outside of Morrison Hall. 

Photo by Valentina Perez 

Scholar reveals 
studious locations 


JORDAN REICH 

Copy Editor 

W ith two weeks down and 14 
to go, class work is starting 
to pick up. Whether you’re 
an incoming freshman or a seasoned pro, 
studying is simply apart of college. College 
degrees require work outside of class, and 
while we may struggle on the way, NSU 
provides every type of study space that a 
student can ask for. 

After surviving NSU and Scholars’ for 
two years, I like to think that I know my way 
around the study scene. If you’re a student 
looking for the best study spots on campus, 
consider these hideaways underutilized by 
the student population. 

NSU Watson Library 

Try the library; it may surprise you. 
Most study spots on campus are never 
crowded until midterms and finals, 
but Watson has some of the best study 
resources and silent nooks. Now equipped 
with Cafe DeMon and longer hours than it 
did my freshman year, Watson tends to be 
my favorite quiet space where I can focus 
without the distractions of home. 

Campus Benches 

Benches found outside of CAPA 
and Morrison Hall aren’t there just for 
decoration and are a great break-away from 
the walls of classrooms. I’ve used them 
plenty of times to sit outside and study 
during breaks in my schedule. According 
to USA Today College, studying outside 


has positive effects like reducing stress, 
increasing concentration, and improving 
your health with Vitamin D exposure. 

University Place I & II Study 
Rooms 

If you prefer the comforts and 
proximity of your dorm, and live in either 
building, find out where the study rooms 
are on each floor. These are a huge 
convenience and work well for large study 
groups. As much as I hate to admit it, 

I’ve spent quite a few all-nighters in here 
working on papers and assignments that I 
procrastinated on. No one is perfect! You 
also don’t have to walk across campus to 
reach these spaces. 

TheWRAC 

A healthy lifestyle is just as important 
as that GPA you’re trying to maintain, so if 
you’re searching for a place to multitask, 
look no further than the WRAC. According 
to an article by the New York Times, 
research actually shows that taking part in 
a light exercise routine while studying is 
beneficial to memorization of new material. 
Instead of jamming to a workout playlist, 
find audiobooks and make the most of your 
time. Amazon, Watson library and Barnes 
& Noble all carry popular literary works in 
audio form. 

Every student studies in different ways 
and in widely different environments. Any 
location has the potential to be an awesome 
study spot if you turn it into one, and it’s 
important to create or find an area to help 
set yourself up for academic success. 






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Disc golf course constructed at NSU 


DANIEL THIELS 

Student Media Coordinator 

T he NSU campus is now home to a 
9-hole disk golf course as the result 
of a partnership between NSU and the 
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the 
Arts. 

According to Director of the N SU Wellness 
and Recreation Center Patric DuBois, plans 
to build the course were developed after 
requests from students, faculty and community 
members. 

LSMSA already had four disk golf poles 
on its campus after Instructor of Physical 
Education, Jacob Speilbauer, obtained a grant 
for them four years ago. 

DuBois and Speilbauer agreed to combine 
resources and make a larger course that 
students on both campuses could utilize. 

"We looked into it, got in touch with 


Spielbauer and decided to partner," DuBois 

said. "We got the other five holes approved 
through [the WRAC] budget and walked the 
grounds to make up a solid nine-hole golf 
course." 

After the additional equipment was 
purchased to complete the course, the NSU 
Physical Plant installed the hardware. 

"We put it on 
paper; Then the 
physical plant did a 
great job in terms of 
all the heavy lifting- 
putting it in the 
ground and making 
it look really nice," 

DuBois said. 

Currently, the disk 
golf course is open for 
free play, but DuBois 
said it may host an 


“intramural sport down the line.” 

The beginning of the course is located 
between Morrison Hall and LSMSA and is 
open to all students. Four disk golf sets are 
available to check out at the WRAC service 
center with a current NSU/LSMSA student 
ID. 







Students fight stigmas 

with The Ethical 


1 'OL. 102, HQ- ; 


Northwestern band donates 
percussion equipment 

page 2 

Argus editor reveals theme 
for 2016-17 literary magazine 

page 3 

Natchitoches Meat Pie 
Festival gives to charity 

page 4 

KNWD hires new sports 
commentators 

page 6 

Party Girl tells all 

page 7 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

I t started with three co-workers at the 
Watson library sharing details about their 
recent sexual encounters. 

After sophomore Selene Allain-Kovacs 
recently returned from New York, she shared a 
few stories about her trip with her fellow tutors. 

“I had a coworker ask me if I orgasmed every 
time I had sex, and we had a conversation about 
it,” Allain-Kovacs said. “Women are curious; 
your personal experiences only stretch so far.” 

After their conversations, the three students 
said they realized that women rarely have an 
outlet to talk about sex-related issues. 

The three contacted Deputy Title IX 
Coordinator Lori Leblanc to share their ideas. 

“They told me that, through conversations 
with each other, they realized that people are 
often hesitant to talk about sex and, therefore, 
also hesitant to talk about healthy sex and 
attitudes about sexuality,” Leblanc said. 

Then, The Ethical Slut was formed. 

The Ethical Slut is a new support group 
on campus that will host a series of seminars 
concerning the topics of healthy sex, body 
positivity and sexuality. 

The name of the group comes from a 
nonfiction book published in 1 997. 

“We want to reclaim the word ‘slut,’” Allain- 
Kovacs said. “It shouldn’t be a derogatory word.” 



Allain-Kovacs said she wants The Ethical 
Slut to serve as a support group for women 
to ask their “weird body questions” without 
feeling ashamed, as well as work to normalize 
female sexuality and break down the stigmas 
associated with it. 

Currently, the group is for women only. 
Allain-Kovacs said that this may change with 
time. 

The group stems from Demons Support 
Demons (DSD), an all-gender inclusive RSO 
that aims to raise awareness about sexual assault 
on campus. 

“These talks are related to DSD because 
healthy sex is a way to help eliminate sexual 
misconduct, avoid victim blaming and empower 
women,” LeBlanc, advisor for DSD, said. 

The Ethical Slut will have its first meeting on 
September 25 at 6:30 in the President’s Room. 

DSD is also organizing a sexual assault 
survivor support group, sponsored by NSU’s 
counseling service, where counselors will 
confidentially offer their support. 

LeBlanc said that the goal is to help survivors 
heal and make them feel like they’re not alone. 

“Victims can become survivors,” LeBlanc 
said. 

DSD invites students to propose ideas for 
other programming that would benefit the NSU 
community, LeBlanc said. They are currently 
planning for the upcoming National It’s On Us 
Week of Action on October 23-29. 


We want to 
reclaim the 
word ‘slut.’ It 
shouldn’t be 
a derogatory 
word. 


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Co-founder of The Ethical Slut Selene Allain-Kovacs reads the book that inspired her 
to start the new club. Photo by Ashley Wolf 


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SGA 

Minutes 


• Both President John 
Pearce and Vice President 
Tre Nelson complimented 
the tailgating the committee 
for their work. “I thought 
the area looked really, really 
great,” Pearce said. 

• The cabinet will travel to 
the Leesville NSU campus 
on Sept. 14 to discuss the 
campus’s needs. 

• SGA has free scantrons 
in their office. Students 
can take two a day from the 
Student Union office, or go 
to the library. 

• On Friday, Sept. 16, 
SGA will pass out U.S. 
Constitutions to students. 
They will also have cookies 
for all. 

•On Sept. 19, SGA will 
vote on a bill requesting 
that Campus Living 
Villages give students coin 
dispensers in all laundry 
rooms. 



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NSU loaned 38 drums to St. Amant High School to help the school’s band program be able to practice and perform this fall. Helping transfer 
the drums were from left, Donald Myers, Dr. Jeffrey Mathews, Craig Millet. Madison Mayers and Oliver Molina. Photo by David West 


NSU Band provides relief 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

T he St. Amant High School 
band lost $284,000 in band 
supplies during the recent 
flooding, but they will receive an 
entire drum line, as well as other 
donations and equipment to borrow, 
from the NSU band department. 

St. Amant’ s band room flooded, 
leaving no place for students to 
practice or prepare for a marching 
show. Although they have 
consistently placed in the top 10 
for the state championship in recent 
years, St. Amant will not compete this 
year. 


Students relocated from St. 
Amant, which is 25 miles south east 
of Baton Rouge, to the campus of 
Dutchtown High School in Geismer, 
Louisiana. The two schools split 
up to accommodate both student 
populations with Dutchtown 
students attending in the mornings 


and St. Amant students attending in 
the afternoons. 

St. Amant’s Director of Bands, 
Craig Millet, said that approximately 
90 music students’ homes were 
flooded and St. Amant teachers have 
not yet been allowed back into the 
school. 


“When you hear about a tragedy 
like this happening, it’s natural for 
everybody to think what can I do 
help?”’ NSU Director of Bands Jeff 
Matthews said. 

NSU band students packed and 
transported instruments to St. Amant 
“instead of putting excess percussion 
instruments into a surplus,” 
Matthews said. 

“Dr. Matthews and Northwestern 
State University have really helped us 
out,” Millet said. “Because they lent 
us an entire drum line, we will be able 
to at least have the drum line playing 
at our home opening this Friday. It 
would not be possible without the 
NSU band department.” 


“When you hear about a tragedy 
like this happening, it’s natural for 
everybody to think ‘what can I do 
help?”’ - Dr. Jeff Matthew 


SGA reforms tailgating 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

NSU tailgating relocated 
this semester to create a unified 
atmosphere, according to SGA vice 
president Tre Nelson. 

Next to the student section 
of Turpin Stadium, all NSU 
organizations are now welcome to 
tailgate in this one place together, 
with no reservations required. 

SGA President John Pearce said 


that the other area was too small for 
live entertainment while the new 
space offers plenty of room. 

Pearce’s goal is to ultimately 
bring everyone who tailgates closer 
together. 

“The higher amount of people 
that tailgate, the higher amount of 
people that come to the game and 
boost school spirit,” Pearce said. 

The new tailgating area is 
available because of LSMSA Director 
Dr. Steven Horton, who lent the area 
to SGA in order to make this happen. 



et school relocates 


The Natchitoches Magnet 
School, previously located near 
University Place dorm buildings 1 
and 2 on University Pkwy, relocated 
this semester due to a mold issue, 
according to KSLA. 

KSLA stated that school officials 
recognized the Asbestos problems 
the magnet school has dealt with 
since moving there in 2006. 

Now, the school is located at the 
George L. Parks Elementary school 
building. 

Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 





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MAGGIE HARRIS 

Argus Editor 

★★★★ 

W e are excited to announce 
our 2016-2017 theme 
for Argus: Constellations. 
Constellations are symbols 
of myths and legends. Different 
peoples’ from around the world have 
attributed different stories to the 
stars. The light from constellations 


has been used throughout the 
centuries to guide the lost through 
the night and remind them of their 
homes. 

These constellations will be our 
guiding stories. They will represent 
us, where we are now as individuals, 
as well as our culture. This issue of 
Argus will be like a timeless snapshot 
of the night sky, forever capturing 
the glow of students from “across the 
NSUniverse.” 

Last year, for the Masquerade 
edition, we received more 


submissions than ever before. This 
year, we are hoping to double our 
number of submissions from lastyear , 
so that we can have an even better 
representation of Northwestern’s 
students’ creative voice. 

In order to make this edition a 
masterpiece, we need you to submit. 
Submit your favorite photo, your 
secret poem and your untold stories. 
Submit the essay that you threw 
yourself into. Submit the art that you 
have been hesitating to share. You 
are the artist we need. Your work is 


what we want to see. 

Our slogan is “Art from all, for 
all.” Come all ye’ business majors 
and closet poets, biology minors and 
furtive painters, engineering scholars 
and unnamed fiction writers. We 
want what you’re selling. 

Submit your work (Fine Art, 
Photography, Poetry, Fiction, 
and Nonfiction) to ArgusNSU. 
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Meat Pie Festival raises money for multiple charities 



Sophomore Brandi Corkern and junior Jordan Baird eat meat pies on the first day of last 
year’s annual Meat Pie Festival at the downtown riverfront. Photos by Ashley Wolf 



JOSHUA FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

T he Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, the 
only food festival in town, began 17 
years ago with a simple motorcycle run. 
Then, it transformed into a fundraiser for the 
Boys & Girls Club. 

Since its growth from 2002, the festival 
is now able to donate its profits to multiple 
charities. 

“We want this event to be for everyone,” 
festival committee member Tena Rachel said. 
“We want people to come and see how beautiful 
Natchitoches is. We have really have a landmark 
here.” 

The festival is free and open to the public. 
Rachel said that the committee wants to benefit 
the residents of Natchitoches and surrounding 


communities, no matter their economic status. 

“People can look forward to great food, 
great music and a great time,” Rachel said. 
The festival begins September 1 6 and ends the 
evening of the 1 7th. 

Jimmy Harper, another committee member 
for the festival, said that this year a “zombie pub 
crawl” will take place on the night of the 1 6th. 
Registration for the crawl is online. 

Because it is the 50th anniversary of the 
Vietnam war, Rachel said that veterans will be 
honored at the festival. 

Attendees can look forward to bands, a 5K 
run, fireworks, a motorcycle run and a free brew 
fest for people of age to try out specialty beers 
from the area. 

For more information about the 
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival and the schedule 
of events, visitwww.meatpiefestival.com. 



Tourists and locals alike participate in the annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival. A 
new addition to the festival this year is a “zombie pub crawl.” 


Exhibition showcases NSU faculty art 



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AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

NSU art professors have spent the last year 
perfecting their pieces for this year’s annual Art 
Faculty Show, now available for viewing in the 
Hanchey Art Gallery until September 23. 

NSU Art History Professor Phyllis Lear is 
one of many professors whose art is on display 
in the gallery. Lear is NSU's art historian, and 
her specialty lies in Poverty Point Prehistoric 
baked ceramics. Her credentials include a 
master’s in visual arts from NSU, a master’s in 
art history from LSU and a Master of Science 
degree in visual arts from LA Tech. 

Her work in this year’s Art Faculty Show 
includes a series of landscapes. 


“What’s unique about these landscapes, is 
that they’re small drawings of big things,” Lear 
said. 

Lear feels that keeping her landscape 
drawings small makes them more intimate and 
allows them to take on “almost a jewel-like 
quality,” which she emphasized by suspending 
the small drawings between two pieces of glass. 

Lear works with chalk and #6 graphite 
pencils on 100-pound Bristol paper. She 
applies the chalk first and then erases where the 
picture needs to be white or lighter. 

She said she was inspired by photographs 
she took of where she lived and traveled in the 
past year, which includes her hometown of 
Thibodaux, LA and Georgia, where she traveled 
last fall with her sister. 


"My sister always wanted to celebrate her 
birthday by watching the leaves turn, so we 
rented a cabin in the woods," Lear said. 

Lear said that the difference between 
her drawings of the Georgia and Louisiana 
landscapes is a matter of perspective. 

“In Louisiana, landscapes are mostly 
about how the sky meets the land in a very 
horizontal way,” Lear said. “In Georgia, we 
were surrounded by trees, and you couldn’t see 
very far at all.” 

The art show happens in conjunction with 
the annual Music Faculty Showcase, which 
is September 19 in Magale Hall at 7:30 p.m. 
A reception will proceed the showing, and 
student and community members are welcome 
to attend and speak to the artists. 





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The ugly TRUTH 

about registration fees 



Tuition no longer absorbs state cuts 


Jents worried 
housing 
deposits 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-In-Chief 

The Fall 2016 semester did not begin 
with a “bang,” but with a $25 increase in 
registration fees per credit hour, which some 
might call a “blow.” 

This “blow” was not softened by a 
warning. MyNSU delivered the harsh news to 
students when they paid their bills, and the 
'trident Concerns Page sent Facebookinto a 
I rry of notifications. 

SU policy does not require that 
Vffairs inform students of increased 
t. Bursar Daphne Sampite said 
to notify students since the 
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Sampite said that legislation in House Bill 
152 of the 2015 Regular Session allowed 
NSU to increase fees, but restricted increased 
tuition. 

NSU is funding 100 percent of TOPS at 
last year’s rate, but full-time students will pay 
approximately $300 more in registration fees 
than last year. However, NSU President Jim 
Henderson said that NSU is “investing dollars 
in the right things.” 

NSU’s budgetary records are disclosed on 
the Business Affairs website, but Henderson, 
Sampite and the Vice President for Business 
Affairs, Carl Jones, explained, in plain terms- 
without spreadsheets or math jargon-how the 
increased registration fees will be used: 

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Demons fall to Southern Miss 


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JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

T he NSU volleyball team had a decent 
outing at the Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa, 
Alabama earlier in the week when they 
took on the University of Alabama, Lehigh 
University and the University of Southern 
Mississippi. 

NSU lost their first game against Alabama 
on Saturday, losing 3 sets to 1 (25-17, 25-17, 
24-26, 25-19). Losing by two sets, the Demons 
won their first set victory of the day, winning the 
final four points when down 22-19. 

“The first and second sets were not the way 
we have been approaching difficult situations, 
so after pointing that out during the break, I 
was happy to see our turnaround,” second- 
year head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “To do 
that from a skill and a competitive standpoint, 
against that level of a team, definitely shows we 
can play with anyone.” 

The Demons won eight out of the first nine 
points in the fourth set. However, the Crimson 
Tide made a comeback, tying it at 16 before 
setting together an 8-0 run, winning the last 
set. 

Alexis Warren was one of the stars for the 
Demons, with 1 0 kills, two blocks and two aces. 

Northwestern split the day with a win against 
Lehigh in the second game. Winning 3 sets to 
1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20), the Demons 


were able to pull away late. And losing the first | 
set by four points, Regan Rogers came in and f 
completely dominated the rest of the game with j 
1 7 kills and one ace . jj 

“She came in and was a huge spark,” J 
Kiracofe said. “She provided great offense 1 
across the net. She passed well when needed, 1 
and she really opened things up for us with her V 
jump serve.” \ 

NSU lost the last game in the Bash against i 
Southern Mississippi in one of their worst j 
offensive performances of the season, losing 3 
sets to0(25-12, 25-15,25-11). 

“Southern Miss was really our first 
disappointing match of the year where we 
struggled to get anything going,” Kiracofe said. 
“Regan [Rogers] , V ictoria [Harris] and Kathryn 
[Wristen] came off the bench and played well, 1 
but it was not enough.” 

Northwestern State won five games out of 
their first 12 and will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma 
for the Tulsa Volleyball Invitational next week. 
With winnable games against Louisiana Tech 
University, the University of Tulsa and Oral 
Roberts University, they’re looking to get back 
on track and at least get to . 500 . 

Channing Burleson earned all-tournament 
honors, and helped the defense with 19 digs, 
averaging more than five digs per set over the 
weekend. 

The Demons will begin their Southland 
Conference schedule against McNeese State 
September 22. 


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Friday, Sept. 16 

WTEN at Islander Classic - Corpus Christi, TX 
WVB vs Louisiana Tech - Tulsa, OK - 7p 
WSOC vs SFA - 7p 

Saturday, Sept. 17 

WTEN at Islander Classic - Corpus Christi, TX 

MXC at Louisiana Tech - 8a 

WXC at Louisiana Tech - 8a 

WVB at Tulsa - 1 la 

WVB vs Oral Roberts - Tulsa, OK - 5p 

FB at Central Arkansas - 6p 

Sunday, Sept. 3 

WTEN at Islander Classic - Corpus Christi, TX 


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hires new sports 
commentators 

CLAYTON SKINNER 

Contributing Reporter 

Joshua Perkins and Carlos Sykes are 
traveling with the NSU football team this 
semester to bring live sports broadcasting to j 
KNWD, NSU's student-run radio station. 

Mass communications major Perkins called f 
his new role in radio "a big honor." Perkins 
created the title of sports broadcaster for both 
himself and Sykes during his time at KNWD 
when he realized that NSU lacked student ! 
commentators. 

On Sept. 24, the duo will broadcast live at 
the Southeastern Louisiana game. Both hope ' 
to come home after a win in Hammond, Perkins 1 > 
said. ^ 

With two games already under their belt, * 
Perkins and Sykes said that they are well 
prepared for this year. j 

“This was something I was kind of made | 
for, " Perkins said, noting that he began to enj oy 
sports commentary at age 7. t 

Perkins wants to expand his broadcasting J 
and cover other sports such as volleyball, | 

baseball and soccer. 

Tune in at 91.7 FM for the latest sports 1 
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Demons from scoring a touchdown in the last 30 seconds of the game, securing their victory. Photos by Jacob Hicks 




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What do you think about the 
sex positivity movement? 

Sex positivity is a movement aimed at normalizing 
sexual behavior by encouraging people to talk about 
their sexual experiences. If a person is sex positive, 
they are open to talking about sex and ready to end 
stigmas surrounding it. 


Oliver 

Miles 

Junior 

Music Business 


“I think [sex positivity] is okay to an extent 
because people are becoming more comfortable 
with themselves, but certain things should be left 
in the privacy of one’s home.” 

Nick 
Hebert 

Junior 

Design Tech./ 
Performance and 
Directing 

“I have never seen sex as taboo because my mom 
is a nurse, and she always explained everything to 
me in scientific terms. I understand that sexuality 
is something that has to do with genetics. I don’t 
see a problem with it, but I do see a problem 
with not recognizing the fact that it can have 
consequences. As long as people know what 
they’re getting into.” 





Layne 
Elkins 

Junior 

Fine and 
Graphic Arts 

“I think it’s a great thing to be sex positive. To 
embrace it as a society is a good thing, as long as 
it does not become destructive and is presented 
appropriately. There are times when it is not 
appropriate, and that needs to be taken into 
consideration.” 



Mary 

Reed 

Senior 

Costume 
Design and 
Construction 


“I’m glad that sex positivity is a thing now. It makes 
more sense, it seems we are finally becoming more 
sex positive for women specifically, which is good 
because society has been sex positive towards men for 
so long.” 

Photos by Maddie Fry 


Subscriber talks streaming battle 



JACOB HICKS 

Sport Editor 

S potify and Apple Music are going head- 
to-head in the music streaming world 
right now. 

Spotify is currently at the forefront of 
music streaming, with over 100 million 
total users, 39 million of them being paying 
subscribers, according to Statista. 

Compare that to Apple’s 1 5 million paid 
subscribers, the numbers for which were just 
released at The Apple Worldwide Developers 
Conference. 

Even though Apple receives fewer 
subscribers, their reviews are mostly positive, 
and for good reason. Though Spotify and 
Apple premium are the same price at $9.99 
per month, Apple gives listeners the first 
three months free. 

On Spotify, users can search for 
many songs or albums with no fear of 
disappointment, unless they’re looking for 
new music. 

Spotify’ s critics typically comment on 
its inability to gain new music in a timely 


manner. 

“Spotify has been slackin’ with the new 
albums,” student Rachel Knight said. “Apple 
Music gets all the new albums. I’m still having 
to wait on Frank Ocean’s new album, and I 
had to wait seven months for Kanye [Wcstj’s 
new album. The Life of Pablo.” 

It seems that almost every recent album 


release is an Apple exclusive, including 
albums from Frank Ocean, DJ Khaled, Adele 
and Taylor Swift. Some of these albums are 
now on Spotify, but users have noticed the 
long wait times. 

In the next coming months, we may see 
Spotify’ s user rate decrease as Apple Music 
releases more and more new albums. 


Life is like a keg of beer, you 
never know when it’s gone 


“...Lateness of t He hour weeded out 
the weahhings, whde the strong 
powered through and showed 
their dedication to partying on a 
[ Monday night.” 


PARTY GIRL 

Contributing Writer 


It was a Monday night, and while most 
students were at home regretting getting out 
of bed that morning, some of NSU’s more 
flamboyant students were on their way to a 
very familiar playhouse. 

As I scurried down the street with a choice 
group of friends to the Victorian house, I 
figured I knew what was in store for the night. 
And sis, let me tell you I wasn’t far off. 

When arriving at the party, I was greeted 
by a few friends and acquaintances who I 
pretended to remember the names 
of. Within 10 minutes of being 
in the building, a bitch 


came stumbling through a crowded dance 
floor screaming that she had lost her phone, 
but the party raged on regardless. 

The hosts provided special beverages for 
the affair, and only people on the approved 
guest list were allowed inside. When “Come 
on Eileen” blasted over the loud speakers, 
everyone was in the room, everyone was 
feeling it and there were no random frat boys 
to wonder what the hell was going on. 

At the peak of the night, an award was 
given out for making the best drink, and two 
new individuals were crowned (although 
they were already queens). As the night 
raged on, I was whisked away by 
my favorite drunk aunt up 
the stairs for a quick 
reminiscing 


session while she peed, something no party is 
complete without. 

The party went on, and the lateness of 
the hour weeded out the weaklings, while the 
strong powered through and showed their 
dedication to partying on a Monday night. 

As I was standing in the backyard smoking 
my last cigarette before walking to the car, I 
looked to the back porch and saw something 
life-changing. I could not help but wonder if 
the boy projectile vomiting from the porch 
was just a sad metaphor for my life or maybe 
even a sign that I needed to rethink my 
choices. . . .Either way, I guess I will never 
know. 

XOXO or whatever. 

Party Girl 





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Texaco revamps for opening 


The Texaco across the street from NSU’s campus temporarily closed over the summer. photo by Bonny Bacocdni 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

T he University Parkway Texaco will 
soon reopen after upgrades took 
longer than expected. 

The gas station temporarily closed over 
the summer for remodeling and was originally 
scheduled to reopen at the start of the semester. 

Mary Reed, Senior Theatre Major, 
frequented the Texaco to purchase cigarettes 
and smoke off campus and said she is “excited 
to do the same once it reopens.” 

Todd Ramsey of Pell State Oil, the company 
that owns the Texaco, said if inspections 
scheduled for Sept. 20 go well, the Texaco 
should open on Sept. 24 or 25. 

Scholars’ College Professor Dr. Rhondo 
Keele was a friend of the previous Texaco 


manager. “He told me there was no money in 
gas,” Keele said. “People treated the place like 
a convenience store.” 

The inside of the Texaco will undergo 
renovations due to a steady increase in sales 
other than gas. 

Mike Wolff, Vice President of Economic 
Development at the Natchitoches Chamber 
of Commerce, believes that being near NSU’s 
campus is profitable for businesses such as 
restaurants. 

He points to the success of Dickey’s 
Barbeque on University Parkway owned by Lee 
Waskom, the founder of Waskom Enterprises. 
Waskom expected to provide only drive-thru 
and carry-out services but eventually bought the 
two adjacent locations to offer inside seating. 

Senior Biology Major Courtney Page 
only dines in when she eats Dickey’s. “Who 
wouldn’t prefer its dine-in over its drive-thru?” 


Page said. “Three words: free ice cream.” 

The Dickey’s across from NSU’s campus 
is now the largest location of the barbecue 
restaurant in Louisiana. 

When the on-campus enrollment of NSU 
increases, the population of Natchitoches 
increases as well. Natchitoches business 
owners like Mike Murphy of State Farm keep 
track of these increases to plan future business 
developments. 

Murphy cleared the land between College 
Avenue Apartments and Behan Street to 
build a new State Farm office with side-by- 
side commercial buildings available for future 
purchase by retail stores and restaurants. 

Wolff hopes that the success of businesses 
near campus attracts more businesses to locate 
near campus at sites like Murphy’s commercial 
real estate center. 


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Steakhouse to open on Front Street 


Ashley Wolf 

Editor-In-Chief 

Natchitoches is famous for its meat pies, but 
this Cane River town hasn’t seen much steak. 

However, come mid-November, the 
leaves will change, and so will Front Street. 
Natchitoches residents and visitors will soon 
walk downtown with steak in their bellies after 
dining at new restaurant Mayeaux’s Steak and 
Seasoning. 

New restaurant owner Clay Mayeaux is 
the original owner of Front Street’s Mamas 
& Papas. He “semi-retired,” for a time but 
realized that he wasn’t done with the restaurant 


business yet. 

“We... played and fished and worked in the 
yard, and it’s time to go back to work,” Mayeaux 
said. “My inspiration [for the new steakhouse] 
is ‘too young to retire.’ I enjoy doing what I 
did.” 

Mayeaux said that the steakhouse will focus 
on what his restaurants “always have,” with 
a casual dining atmosphere and a small bar 
where customers are served “fine foods.” The 
menu includes a selection of aged steaks and 
Louisiana cuisine with a Cane River flair. 

Construction is in the infant stages with 
the completion of the Fire Marshall plans, 
but renovations to the space located on the 
South end of Front Street will begin within a 


few weeks. Before the restaurant can open for 
business, renovations must add commercial 
restrooms, a new kitchen, a paint job, interior 
decorating and more. 

Mayeaux is a life-long resident of 
Natchitoches and a third generation alumni of 
Northwestern. After graduatingwith a Bachelor 
of General Science, he immediately went into 
the timber industry and eased his way into the 
restaurant business, which Mayeaux said has 
“evolved over time” for him. 

“You get into your market, and you see 
what’s there, and you see what’s not,” Mayeaux 
said. “Then you figure what you’re comfortable 
doing, and you go from there. . .I’m just looking 
forward to getting back into it. ” 



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Symphony begins season 


AMBER SHAFFETTE 

Contributing Reporter 

T he Natchitoches-Northwestern Sym- 
phony will play the prelude of "Die 
Meistersinger von Nurnberg," which 
Orchestra Director Douglas Bakenhus de- 
scribes as "one of those rare comic operas. " 

" . . .The main character is bidding for the af- 
fection of this woman," Bakenhus said. "And, 
of course, there’s this competition and a rival 
who also wants this woman. ” 

Wagner's work is one of four pieces that 
NSU's symphony concert will perform in their 
hr st concert of the season on Sept. 27. 

The concert is split into two halves. All 
students in the orchestra, including non- 
majors, will play the first two pieces by Wagner 
and Mozart. 

The chamber orchestra, consisting mostly 
of music majors, will play the following pieces, 


an unfinished Schubert piece and a bouncy 
Russian piece by Gliere. 

Freshman viola player Jasmine Johnson 
said that she's still getting used to the practice 
schedule required for this concert. 

“I try to practice five hours a day, but 
classes interfere with that,” Johnson said. "... 

As a freshman, I need to make it at least two and 
a half hours.” 

For other music majors, like freshman 
cellist Kelton Spurgeon, this concert signifies 
growth. I 

“The instructors are changing a lot of I 
my techniques and styles for how I play," I 
Spurgeon said. “So it was a little rough in the j 
beginning, but I’m getting better. ” | 

Both Johnson and Spurgeon said that 
the first concert of the season signifies that j 
hard work can pay off, and as freshmen, they <( 
are ready to continue balancing their busy 
schedules for the symphony. 


Newdub works to save Earth 

AN-GEL SAMUEL 


Opinions Editor 

The goal of the new environmental 
organization on campus is "to save the planet, 
one student at a time," biological and physical 
science professor Michael Antoon said. 

The Environmental Catalyst Organization, 
new to NSU this semester, originally started 
as a spin-off of Dr. Antoon’ s environmental 
science course. There are now more than 25 
active members. 

“I’ve had his class since the beginning of 
the semester, and I just really got into the idea 
of the environmental club," freshman and 
treasurer of ECO Zach Perry said. "It really 
struck me, and I wanted to get out and do 
something, to give us a future.” 

Perry said that the human population is 
currently “ruining the planet," and he believes 
that change is necessary to save the world. 

“The students' passion is to promote 
urgent environmental changes to slow the 
disastrous repercussions, now observable, that 
are due to human impact on Global Warming,” 
Antoon said. 

The plan is to start recycling and promoting 
sustainability. Antoon also wants ECO to 
educate elementary and secondary school 
students about environmental issues. 



The mascot for ECO is a skunk named 
Sammie, and his motto is “Don’t stink up my 
planet." 

Antoon said the club is open to any student 
wanting to be active in making a change. 

ECO meetings are held every Thursday at 
7 p.m. in the library reference room. 


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The annual Natchitoches Meat Pie 
Festival attracts locals and tourists 
to the riverfront for a weekend of 
fried food, live music and fireworks. 

Photos by Alec Horton 




Mathew Ewing & The All Star Band headline the 
festival. 




Co-owner of Dark Woods Mardy Summerlin (left) and makeup artist Courtney Page (i 
zombie pub crawl to kick off the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival. 





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Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 



Zombies don’t scare me, but 
masked people and mascots 


really throw me off socially. 





Pub crawl participants take on zombies and alcohol as they compete for a grand prize. 

Photos by Bonny Bacoccini 


Natchitoches residents and students enjoy the first zombie pub crawl 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

L ast Friday, I woke up with a dreadful 
cold, or the fall semester "plague" that 
has been sweeping NSU's campus, and 
thought about canceling my weekend plans to 
attend Natchitoches' first ever "zombie pub 
crawl. " 

I knew, though, that the wasted $25 I paid 
in advance for this Meat Pie Festival event 
would keep me up at night longer than a sore 
throat ever could. 

My health could wait; it was time for a night 
full of zombies and booze. 

Dark Woods, a year-old haunted house 
business in Natchitoches, teamed up with the 
festival for a "zombie pub crawl," featuring 
discounted drinks, zombies and a poker 
competition. 

Participants traveled from bar to bar on 
Front Street, gathering a card for their poker 
hands at each destination. 

The grand prize was some kind of fancy 
TV, and the secondary prize was a $50 gift 


certificate. 

The crawl began at 7 p.m., but I headed to 
Mama's an hour early. This sick reporter was 
not ready to handle the horrific result of good 
costume makeup without a drink in hand. 

Zombies don't scare me, but masked people 
and mascots really throw me off socially. Do I 
talk to them, ignore them or awkwardly stare 
at them until they go away? Are they acting for 
their job, or do they truly believe that they are 
part zombie? 

It's Natchitoches; you never know. 

After the crawl began, I headed to the front 
entrance of Hana, not remembering that a 
bar existed behind the seating area until I was 
ushered to the back for my loud behavior. The 
workers were justified in this — I was very loud. 

Hana offered pub crawl participants a $2 
jello shot special, which seemed like a beautiful 
idea at the time. I realized later that I tend to get 
a little excited about jello shots. 

Then, I finally mustered up the courage 
to talk to a zombie. I asked one of the smaller 
ones what her name was, and she made gargling 
noises back at me. Her mask had fake, bloody 


teeth all around it, and left a hole in the mouth 
area for her to breathe. Wonderful. 

Later in the evening, she came up to me and 
wrote her name on my napkin— Lucy. 

At least I made one friend that night. 

By the time I reached the riverfront, the final 
destination, I was feeling... happy. However, my 
euphoric state did not last long. 

The Dark Woods zombies performed a 
dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and I 
decided to dance along. During this, an older 
man popped out of the crowd and tried to dance 
with my friend and me. 

We walked away, but he followed us all 
around the stage area of the riverfront. After a 
small round of hide-and-go-seek, we were able 
to shake him off by running through the zombie 
crowd. 

This man was a reminder for me. Creepy 
guys can ruin any kind of good moment. I guess 
I'm used to it, though; it's just like a regular 
night at The Pioneer Pub. 

Finally, the winners of the grand prize were 
announced. I knew by the third pub stop that I 
would notwin, but I didn't know I would lose in 


such a shady way. The winners worked at Dark 
Woods. 

I was never in it for the prizes, but I have to 
admit that I felt like I had wasted my night. At 
least I gained a new friend, Lucy, and a spooky 
t-shirt out of the experience. 






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AKA and basketball 
team up for charity 



JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

S orority Alpha Kappa Alpha partnered 
with the men’s basketball team last 
week to send school supplies to children 
affected by recent flooding in Louisiana. 

“ ... So many people and kids were affected 
by the floods in South Louisiana,” power 
forward Reginald Kissoonlal said. “So to 


help, even if it’s just with school supplies, is 
awesome.” 

Donations will be given to AKA’s One 
Million Backpacks, a national initiative 
created by AKA, with the intent to help 
schools with high demands for school supplies 
in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. 

“I’m so happy we could make a difference, 
even if it’s just something simple like 
notebooks and backpacks,” AKA member Liz 
Schultheis said. “It makes my heart happy.” 


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CALENDAR 

Thursday, Sept. 22 

WVB at McNeese - 7 p.m. 

Friday, Sept. 23 

WTEN at Rice 
WSOC at Lamar - 7 p.m. 

Saturday, Sept. 24 

WTEN at Rice 

SB vs LSU-Eunice - 12 p.m. 

WVB atNicholls - 1 p.m. 

SB vs LSU-Eunice - 2 p.m. 

FB at Southeastern - 6 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 25 

WTEN at Rice 

WSOC at McNeese - 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, Sept. 27 

WVB at Central Arkansas - 6 

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Where have you had the best 
night out in Natchitoches? 



Courtney 

Foret 

Super Senior 
Physiology 


I don’t go out. I just enjoy going to friends’ 
apartments and drinking and hanging out. 



Carlomagno 
Leon 
Jimenez 

Sophomore 

Music Education 

For my roommate’s birthday, we threw a 
party at my house. A lot of people came, and 
we had so much fun dancing to Colombian 
and American music all night. 


Jenna 
Cornet 

Freshman 

Music 
Education/ 
Musical Theatre 

This semester, the Shit Faces party at Guys 
and Dolls’ house was definitely one of my 
favorite nights out in Natchitoches. It was the 
one night you got to go and be completely 
carefree. We all danced like no one was 
watching and enjoyed the judgment-free 
atmosphere. 




Fernando 

Gonzalez 

Freshman 

Industrial 

Engineering 


The Greek Toga Party this semester was the 
funnest night of my life. It was at The Body. 
Everyone was dancing, and there was an 
open bar. It was nice to just “be dumb” and 
not care what anyone thought. I felt free and 
limitless that night. 

Photos by Ventina Perez 


Letter from 

Ethical Slut co-founders 


Org. Co-Founders 

[Insert Witty Greeting Here] 

Though our provocative name may 
lead to some risque implications, we, the 
founders of The Ethical Slut, feel that 
our message is much simpler than most 
believe. 

Our name is taken from the title of a 
book about alternative relationship styles 
and sex positivity in which the term “slut” 
is defined as someone of any gender who 
celebrates sexuality and believes that 
pleasure is good. 

The book’s message is not merely 
about sex itself, but about nontraditional 
relationship styles and social acceptance. 
Our intent with this new group is not to 
promote sexual promiscuity, but to allow 
an open forum, for women specifically, 
to talk about sex, ask questions and not feel 
shamed for being curious or not inherently 
knowing everything about their bodies. 


As women, we know that it can sometimes 
be hard to open up and talk about these things, 
so for the moment, the group will only be open 


“Whether you are abstinent or 
sexually active, monogamous 
or polyamorous, heterosexual 
or a member of the LGBT+ 
community, your differences 
should be celebrated.” 


to those who identify as women. And it’s not 
just for one type of woman - we don’t even care 
if you are sexually active or not! 


Whether you are abstinent or sexually 
active, monogamous or polyamorous, 
heterosexual or a member of the LGBT+ 
community, your differences should be 
celebrated. Not only that, but you should 
have somewhere that you feel comfortable 
asking questions, learning new things and 
celebrating others for their differences. 

Among the founders, we have different 
marital/relationships statues, different 
sexualities and different opinions. Though 
we have these differences, we all believe we 
have benefited from talking to each other 
about our individual experiences. 

Through this group, we hope that these 
discussions will become more normal and 
that people of all different backgrounds can 
open up and discuss all aspects of being 
body and sex positive. 

Our inaugural meeting is Wednesday, 
Sept. 21 at 6:30 in the President’s Room of the 
Student Union. 

Come out and chat with us ! 


OrgSync provides for all RSOs 



Meg Denny stares at the OrgSync homescreen in silence. The 
world is not at all what she thought it would be. photo by Alec Horton 


Meg Denny 

Managing Editor 

A few weeks ago, no one could 
convince me that OrgSync, NSU’s online 
community management system, was 
an advantageous tool for student-run 
organizations. I always thought it lacked 
user-friendly characteristics and existed 
only for highly funded, large organizations 
like SGA or SAB. 

After poking around on the site, and 
talking to Student Life representatives 
who use it daily, my mind was suddenly 
changed. OrgSync was not merely meant 
for the elite; OrgSync is a free tool that 
even the smallest student organizations 
can use to gain a big presence on campus. 
Here are some of the advantages I learned 
about OrgSync: 

1 . OrgSync gives each registered 
student organization their own website 
free of html coding or fees. It offers online 
checkbooks for treasurers to collect dues, 
layout budgets and document payments. 

2 . Student leaders can assign their 
organization’s members “to-do lists” on 
OrgSync, which provides reminders for 
the members and records for the leaders. 

3 . Leaders can create news posts 
and send out messages to all members. 

4 . Organizations can apply for 
funding on SGA’s OrgSync page. 


Elections happen through the website as 
well. 

5 . OrgSync members can sign up to 
receive notifications through text message 
and email. A free app exists for students 
when they lack access to a computer. 

Student Theatre Organization 
president Jhalon Thomas said that he 
could talk for hours about the website’s 
benefits. 

“I think it is the best thing to hit NSU,” 
Thomas said. “It allows for us to keep 


an accurate online record of finances, 
attendance, dues, minutes, elections and 
so much more.” 

Graduate Assistant to Student Life 
Damian Glover believes that those 
frustrated with the system are somewhat 
justified. 

“I think that definitely we have lacked a 
little bit in communicating some things [on 
OrgSync],” Glover said. He assured that 
the Student Life department works every 
day to improve lines of communication. 







OrgSync article continued from page 6 

Many argue that OrgSync’s downfall is the 
time it takes students to be formally trained in 
the software. 

“It only sucks because no one has time to 
learn how to use it,” senior Nick Bailey said. 

However, Director of Student Activities 
Yonna Pasch said that training usually lasts 
one hour and is tailored to each organization’s 
needs. 

“We go in, comb through every module, 
and see what they are doing great and see what 
can improve,” Pasch said. “If you want to be a 
better organization on campus, OrgSync has 
something that can help you.” 

Pasch said that if any organization needs 
help with OrgSync or any other RSO matter, 
she has an open door policy. 

While students have trouble with adapting 
to new programs, it is the responsibility of an 


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• The stage project initiative will start up again 
this semester. The initiative works to get a 
permanent stage on the Iberville Green. 

• Student Body Election voting ends Sept. 2 1 
at 4 p.m. 

• SGA passed a bill to “respectfully request” 
that Campus Living Villages place coin 
dispensers in each laundry room of the dorms. 
“This was a huge issue for me freshmen 


year,” SGA Vice President Tre Nelson said. 
Currently, the laundry machines accept cards 
and coins, but offer no option for those with 
cash. 

• University police are experimenting with 
leaving campus gates open until 12 a.m. 
Thursday through Sunday. However, they 
are worried about a rise in crime. They are 
currently experimenting with the UP gate, and 
SGA supports their efforts. 


RSO leader to improve their group as much 
as possible. By taking the time to learn this 
software, leaders make the statement that they 
care and want their organization to excel. 

The problem is not just communication. 
The problem is that students are not as 
proactive in their duties as they should be. 
OrgSync offers a variety of advantageous 
features; students just have to try them. 

“I think it’s hard for us to meet the students 
where they are because of all of the distractions 
going on,” Pasch said, referring to lack of 
student participation in the software. 

Glover said that OrgSync is what 
organizations make of it, and he encouraged 
students to attend any of the training sessions 
on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 
22 1 of the student union. 



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Brother of man found 
in Cane River shares 

fond memories 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

Interview translated by 
Valentina Perez 

A body was found floating face down in 
Cane River near Williams Avenue, just 
south of the Church Street Bridge, on 
Monday, Sept. 26 at 9:43 a.m. 

The Natchitoches Police Department 
recovered the body from Cane River, and the 
Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is 
currently investigating the incident. 

After detectives identified 28-year-old 
Antonio Francisco as the subject, the police 
immediately notified Francisco’s brother. 

The body was then transported to the 
Coroner’s Office in Lake Charles, LA and is 
currently awaiting examination. More details 
concerning the incident will follow the autopsy. 

Francisco’s brother, who chose to remain 
nameless, was interviewed by The Current 
Sauce for more details concerning his 
relationship with his brother. 

The two grew up together in Guatemala. 
Francisco’s brother remembers being 
mischievous with his older sibling and always 
laughing with him. 

In March of 20 16, Francisco and his brother 
moved to Natchitoches from Alabama. They 
have family in town, an aunt, and they were also 
looking for work. 

When Francisco and his younger brother 
moved to Natchitoches they decided to live 
separately, even though they had always lived 
together before. 

Francisco’s brother said that Francisco 
was not acting strange in the days leading up 
to the incident. Although they no longer lived 
together, they still saw each other on a regular 
basis. 

Francisco’s roommates noticed that he 
never came home Saturday night. On Sunday 
night, when he still had not returned home, they 
contacted his brother. 

On Monday morning, Francisco’s brother 
received the phone call from the police 
informing him that his brother’s body had been 
discovered in Cane River. 

When asked how he was coping with the 
tragic news, Francisco’s brother responded 
that it is hard to lose a brother, especially since 
they were always so close. 



The Natchitoches Police Department recovered a body floating in the river on Monday, Sept. 26 after a citizen called the police. 

Photo courtesy of Potpourri 


The two grew up together 
in Guatemala. Francisco’s 
brother remembers being 
mischievous with his 
older sibling and always 
laughing with him. 



Police pull Franciso’s body out of the river. 

Photo courtesy of Floyd Elie 


Higher enrollment 
calls for more living 
spaces 

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Soccer and theater 
students learn each 
other’s crafts 

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Demon Dodgeball 
welcomes interested 
students 

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What presidential 
candidate do you 
side with? 

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Housing to expand options 



Varnado Hall closed the Spring 2016 Semester to begin renvoations. 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

T he Fall 2016 semester began with an 
estimated 300 students on awaiting list 
for on-campus housing. 

An increase in enrollment at NSU this 
semester caused University Place 1 , University 
Place 2 and University Columns to reach 
maximum occupancy. 

“For so many years we had an over supply 
of space,” Vice President of University Affairs 
Marcus Jones said. “Only recently has the trend 
shifted. Now we are learning how to optimize 
the space we’ve always had.” 

For example, Varnado Hall is currently 
under renovations to attract CAPA students. 

Construction is expected to start this 
December and end in time for the beginning of 
the Fall 2017 semester. 

The renovations include the addition 
of art studios, music practice rooms and a 
performance space that dorm residents will be 
able to book in advance. 

However, there will still be 180 beds in 
Varnado; none of the upgrades are intended to 
interfere with room size or capacity. 

Because Varnado is the furthest dorm from 
Iberville, NSU’s on-campus cafeteria, the 
addition of a kitchen similar to that of UPl’s 
Clubhouse is a possibility being explored. 

“We want dorm life to appeal to students,” 
Director of Auxiliary Services Jennifer Kelly 
said. “Our goal is to balance first-time students 
wishing to live on campus and continuing 
students wishing to stay on campus.” 

Off-campus housing fairs were held for the 
displaced students, and the waiting list of the 
homeless 300 became a waiting list of zero after 
the listed students found living arrangements. 
For many students, a lack of transportation 


options makes living off campus problematic. 
On-campus housing is one of the factors 
prospective college students consider when 
deciding which college to attend. 

To attract and better serve students who 
want on-campus residency, and in exchange for 
a 17-year extension of their contract. Campus 
Living Villages (CLV) proposed a $3.7 million 
plan to renovate University Columns. 

The plan includes new roofs, upgraded 
kitchen appliances, new AC units and improved 
Wi-Fi connectivity. Renovations to increase 
the security of the gated community include the 
additions of LED external lighting, new doors 
and new locks. 

Since University Columns is full this 
semester, upgrades and renovations will be 
staggered over the academic year and summer 
breaks. Kelly said that CLV understands that 


Photo by Steven Sheerin 

it is hard for students to concentrate on their 
studies while a maintenance crew is repairing a 
roof or installing an oven. 

Some renovations began this semester. 
A few AC units were replaced, Wi-Fi has 
improved and upgrades including an outdoor 
fire pit, palm trees and a sand volleyball court 
were added to the pool & picnic area. 

For the future. Dr. Henderson challenged 
CLV to provide more beds. Kelly said that 
CLV would like to meet that challenge with the 
addition of buildings, which would mean 1 00 to 
200 more beds. 

“The university is growing,” Kelly said. 
“With growth comes more interest.” 

If enrollment increases at the current 
rate, future developments will include the 
renovation of Dodd Hall to provide more on- 
campus housing. 


NSU tackles suicide prevention 



JOSH FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

Zeta Phi Beta, a campus sorority, and 
members of Students With A Target have 
joined forces to save lives and educate NSU’s 
campus during Suicide Prevention Month. 

On Sept. 28, they are holding a 
prevention training session sponsored by 
NSU Cares, a program funded by a grant 
specifically delegated for suicide prevention 
on campus. 

“Our main goal is to train as many 
students, faculty and staff members as we 
can in QPR,” Rebecca Boone, Director of 
Counseling and Career Services, said. “QPR 
stands for question, persuade and refer.” 

President of Zeta Phi Beta Whitney 
Cromartie said that she hopes this event will 
send the message that NSU students are far 
from being alone. 

“We know as college students [that] a 


lot of us experience depression,” Cromartie 
said. “We just want to acknowledge students 
who have been through these situations and 
give them the chance to talk to other people. ” 

Along with hearing personal testimonies, 
the organization planned a few exercises 
and games to encouge involement and help 
particpants interact with each other. 

Individuals in attendance will learn to 
notice the warning signs in a suicidal person 
so that they can aid in the fight for prevention. 

“I hope students understand that 
they aren’t the only ones going through 
problems,” Cromartie said. “We want 
everyone to know that, as college students, 
we’re all here to support each other.” 

Boone encourages students to attend the 
event, bring friends and recieve training in 
suicide prevention. 

The event is located in the Cane River 
Room of the student union on Sept. 28 at 5 


Meeting Minutes 
Sept. 26 , 2016 

•SGA is working with Dean of Students 
Francis Conine to create a comprehensive and 
effective parking bill to solve overcrowding and 
parking violations 

• CLV is looking into purchasing coin 
dispensers for the laundry rooms in each dorm 
J building. For now, students can visit the UP 1 
or Columns Clubhouse Monday through Friday 
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to swap cash for change to 
use the dorm laundry machines . 


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Committee 
approves faculty 

promotions 


A professor describes the process 
as “presenting your entire life to 
a comittee that determines if you 
deserve to be promoted.” 


TORIA SMITH 

Contributing Reporter 


A ssociate Professor of Fine Arts John 
Dunn received tenure this semester, 
but not without hard work. 

He described the tenure approval 
process as ‘’presenting your entire life to a 
committee that determines if you deserve to 
be promoted.” 

At the beginning of this academic year, 
nine faculty members received tenure and 1 0 
faculty members earned a promotion in rank. 

The promotion process usually starts with 
gaining the title of Instructor, which is the 
lowest full-time teaching position. 

In their second year of teaching. 



Both Dr. Davina McClain (far left), Scholars’ Professor of Classics, and Dr. Sarah McFarland, Professor of English and Director of English 
Graduate Studies, received promotions. Dr. John Drunn (right), Professor of Fine Arts, received tenure. Photos by Alec Horton 


Instructors can be promoted to Assistant 
Professor. 

After at least five years of teaching full- 
time and working to earn the highest degree 
in their field. Assistant Professors can 
be promoted to Associate Professors and 
become eligible for tenure. 

In order to receive tenure, professors 
must demonstrate their excellence in the 
classroom and provide evidence of their 
scholarly research and service to their school, 
department, profession and community. 

Full professorship is the final level of 
promotion. 

Despite the demanding nature of their 
jobs, the recently promoted faculty all said 
that they thoroughly enjoy their work at 


Northwestern State. 

Sarah McFarland, Professor of English 
and Director of English Graduate Studies 
said that she loves being in the classroom 
with students and is ‘’deeply passionate 
about watching the development of minds.” 

For McFarland and Professor of Classics 
Davina McClain, working at Northwestern 
State has provided an opportunity to further 
their careers as best friends. 

McFarland and McClain have completed 
many career milestones together; both 
worked in administration when they decided 
to devote all of their attention to their classes. 
They were also promoted to full professorship 
together at the beginning of this school year. 

Both McClain and Dunn agree that free 


time comes sparingly with their jobs, and 
they use any extra time productively. 

McClain spends many weekends on the 
road with the Speech and Debate Team. She 
also tries to attend every NSU sporting event 
that she can to support student athletes. 

Dunn sponsors NSU’s Gamers’ Guild 
and enjoys playing both video games on 
Playstation and Nintendo consoles and 
tabletop games. 

The recently promoted faculty do not 
view their promotions as a luxury or personal 
gain, but instead consider it an opportunity 
to further serve the NSU students and faculty. 
Dr. McFarland stated that her promotion is 
a ‘’responsibility toward the department 
instead of an opportunity to put my feet up. ” 



Bank of Montgomery makes an annual contribution to the NSU Columns Fund. 

Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 


Community bank donates to NSU 


NSU debate team 
takes the stage 

JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

The NSU Speech and Debate team 
placed fifth overall in Hattiesburg, Miss, last 
weekend in their first debate competition of 
the year. 

Speech and Debate members Arwa 
Hezzah, Ebony Pugh, Ryan Ware, Drew 
Chesher, Jessica Hooten and Matthew Craig 
were in attendance, with the team’s coach. 
Scholars’ professor Dr. Davina McClain. 

Ware and Chester placed third out of 20 
teams competing in TIPDA. This was the 
hr st time Ware and Chester competed as a 
team. 

In his second competition, Chester 
placed second in JY, and Ware broke to 
quarterfinals. 

Ware also placed seventh in 
Extemporaneous Speaking and third (Top i 
Novice) in Editorial Interpretation. 

At her first debate competition ever, ] 
Hooten placed 17th out of 39 in IPDA j 
Novice. 

Debate members Pugh and Hezza 
participated as judges in the competition. 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

Bank of Montgomery CEO Ken Hale 
approved the annual $ 1 ,000 donation to the 
NSU Columns Fund earlier this month. 

The donation will fund academic 
endeavors, scholarships and building 
renovations. 

The NSU Columns Fund is a tax- 
deductible, unrestricted endowment fund, 
meaning that the money can be used for 
almost anything. 

“These donations help improve 
campus and help students who need extra 
scholarships,” University President Jim 


Henderson said, noting that these donations 
are a major part of NSU’s annual fundraising 
campaign. 

Hale, a member of the NSU Foundation 
Board of Directors, said that BOM has a 
scholarship set up through NSU and season 
passes to almost every campus sporting 
event. 

“BOM feels it’s important to give back 
to the community, both financially and with 
volunteer work,” Hale said. 

The NSU alum said that BOM aims to 
serve the Natchitoches community as well 
as NSU. The bank clocked in over 4,000 
volunteer hours last year, and Hale said that 
the numbers will only grow. 


University police try 
extended gate hours 



Photo by Daniel Thiels 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

On- Campus students notified SGA of 
the inconveniences they have experienced 
due to the 10 p.m. gate closure. 

“Some students have to drive past the 
road their dorms are on to get to the only 
open gate,” SGA President John Pearce 
said. 

On Sept. 19, SGA voted on and 
passed a resolution to extend gate hours. 
Beginning Sept. 29, the gates won't close 
until midnight every week from Thursday 
to Sunday. 

NSU’s Campus Police would like to 
inform students that this extension is an 
experiment. If crime increases due to 
extended gate hours, the gate' s closure will 
return to the original time. 








arts & Living 


CAPA and athletics collide 


ELISABETH PEREZ 

Contributing Reporter 


W hat could an NSU soccer athlete 
and a “CAPA kid” possibly have in 
common? 

Joey Carroll is a theater and music major 
who divides his time between singing, acting and 
tapping, while Esdeina Gonzalez, the starting 
forward for NSU’s soccer team, dedicates the 
majority of her time to the soccer field. 

Carroll and Gonzalez were introduced to 
each other a week ago, and since then have 
become not only acquainted with each other, but 
with each other’s passions. This was achieved in 
an effort to replicate an experience similar to the 
popular movie, “Freaky Friday,” with Gonzalez 
attending a theater Improv show and Carroll 
spending some time on the soccer field. 

Though Gonzalez and Carroll did not 
exchange bodies, as Findsay Fohan does with 
her mother in the above-mentioned pre-teen 
flick, they both agreed that they gained insight 
into the other’s fife after their experiences. 

This semester, Carroll is performing in the 
theater show “Young Frankenstein” and in the 
annual Christmas GAFA. He’s also a member of 
the concert choir and the Northwestern Opera 
Theatre Ensemble. 

Carrol said that theater requires him to 
constantly learn to step outside of himself. 

“Theater not only reveals human flaws, but 
also human potential,” Carroll said. “I cannot 
solely allow my own beliefs, morals and ideas 
to influence how I portray my characters in 
productions.” 

He said that because the cast desires to 
convey a single, unified picture in every show, he 
has to accommodate the opinions of his director 


Health Services fights the plague 



CAPA student Carroll learns about teamwork from 
Gonzalez. Photo by Valentina Perez 


and co-actors. 

After attending the Improv 
show, soccer player Gonzalez 
spoke of her admiration for 
how outgoing the Improv team 
was. 

“Often in school, I can 
clearly see the different groups 
of people,” Gonzalez said. 

“As athletes, a lot of the time 
we’re only comfortable with 
ourselves or with our groups. 

It’s cool and different how 
open [the improv actors] are.” 

It was then Carroll’s turn 
to step into Gonzalez’s world. 

On a Thursday afternoon, 
in the heat of the day, Carroll 
met Gonzalez and several 
of her teammates on the soccer field. After 
introducing himself to all of the players and 
kicking the ball around for awhile, Gonzalez and 
Carroll began to play one-on-one. 

“What I liked the most was just how ready 
y’all are to work with each other,” Carroll told 
Gonzalez. “It can get so personal in theater, but 
when y’all are out on the field, I can tell y’all work 
so well with each other. ” 

Though Carroll has not been playing soccer 
since age 8 like Gonzalez, she expressed her 
surprise at his skills. 

“He’s freaking good,” Gonzalez said. “You 
saw that shot that he was taking?” 

Ever since those first games as a child, 
Gonzalez has not stopped playing soccer. She 
played on various club teams, her high school 
team and has played for N SU the past three years. 

Gonzalez said that, through playing, she has 
been able to develop extensively as a person, gain 
leadership skills and learn how to understand 


her teammates’ needs. The latter, Gonzalez 
explained, is especially important on NSU’s team 
since the players are from so many different areas 
including Spain, Canada, Sweden, Miami and 
various parts of Texas and Fouisiana. 

“Though we all play the same game, there 
are a lot of different styles,” Gonzalez said. “We 
have to make all of these styles come together.” 

Aside from both Carroll and Gonzalez 
explaining how they both must learn to 
accommodate the needs and desires of others on 
their team or cast, they also described how their 
passions “absorb” their fives. 

“After you settle your routine into your body, 
it’s just kind of what you do,” Carroll said about 
his rigorous schedule. 

Gonzalez agreed. 

“[Soccer] has taken over my life,” she said. 
“It sucks sometimes, but I do it because I know 
in the end, it’s worth it, and I’ll get better for that 
goal I’m trying to reach. ” 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

Director of Health Services Stephanie 
Campbell doesn’t share her ink pens with 
anyone. 

“When someone touches my ink pen, they 
get to keep it,” Campbell said. 

It may seem unreasonable to some, but 
Campbell is practicing what she preaches to 
NSU students by protecting herself from “the 
plague” that begins its raid around a month or 
two into the school year. 

“The plague” is what health professionals 
call the seasonal flu, and it infects individuals 
through direct contact with the virus or contact 
through close proximity with others who are 
infected. 

Campbell said that the number one way to 
avoid “the plague” is hand washing, especially 
before meals. 

After direction from NSU President Jim 
Henderson, Health Services placed hand 
sanitizer dispensers across campus before 
the fall semester in an effort to hinder the 
contagion that causes students to miss classes. 

“If you touch the stairwell to go up the 
stairs at Keyser Hall, there is no telling how 


many people have touched that railing and 
what they’re gonna be picking up on their 
hands,” Campbell said. “Then you run over to 
Vic’s to get a burger and fries, and you eat that 
with your hands... which goes in your mouth, 
contaminating your body. ” 

Campbell mentioned an advertisement 
called “Because they share” that promotes 
awareness of how meningitis spreads. She said 
that “because students share” food and drinks 
or other items, it puts them in direct contact 
with the virus, hence Campbell’s no pen- 
sharing rule. 

In addition to avoiding contact with 
viruses, Campbell said that students should 
care for their immune systems by maintaining 
a nutritious diet, getting plenty of rest and 
managing stress. 

Senior pre-medical major and student 
worker at Health Services Kirsten Fontenot 
said that managing stress may be difficult for 
college students, but students should take 
measures to maintain physical and mental 
health. 

“My biggest issue is that I stress myself 
way more than I need to, and that’s probably 
a bad idea,” Fontenot said. “If you can, avoid 
stressing yourself and take time for yourself to 


chill out and relax.” 

Fontenot is a senior, but she has only 
pulled two all-nighters in her college career 
because she knows the consequences that a 
lack of sleep has on a student’s health, she said. 

According to the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC), “the best way 
to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each 
year.” 

Health Services already provided 
vaccinations for students this year and will offer 
flu shots again on Oct. 10 and 18 from 10 a.m. 
to 2 p.m. in the Health Services building. The 
flu shot is free for students with insurance and 
$26 for students without insurance. 

Health Services also provides students 
unlimited clinical visits each semester, free 
over-the-counter medications, free pregnancy 
and STI tests, free UTI tests and physician 
appointments on Thursdays for a $20 co-pay. 

When asked what she wants to tell students 
about Health Services, Campbell said, “We’re 
here.” 

“Our goal is that if students get sick or 
injured, we want them to come in, and we’ll do 
an assessment and help them to get better and 
get back in the classroom as soon as possible,” 
Campbell said. “We’re here to help.” 



Exchange program 
adds new locations 


VALENTINA PEREZ 

Contributing Reporter 

Northwestern State University signed 
a series of exchange agreements allowing 
students to travel to more locations for their 
educations including Europe, Asia, South 
America and Columbia. 

In Colombia, NSU has a wide range of 
agreements with universities in different cities, 
such as Universidad Tecnologica De Bolivar, 
University of Cartagena and Universidad 
Fibre. 

This exchange agreement gives students 
three options. 

Student exchange allows students to attend 
a university in a different country and study 
a main program, while students from that 
university come study at NSU. 

The second part of the agreement allows for 
faculty exchange, a program where both NSU 
and other university professors are allowed 
to travel, give lectures and instruct classes in 
l different countries. 

The third part of the agreement entails 
what is called a “Double Degree program,” 
which allows foreign students to spend the first 
years at their institution and the last two years 
] at NSU, Vice President for University Affairs 
Marcus Jones said. 

It works the same with local students as 
, well. 

' “The ability to go to another country, finish 

your degree and end up with two degrees - one 
from the foreign institution and one from NSU 
| - is the part of the agreement which I found the 
I most beneficial,” Jones said. 

Most institutions that have agreements 
with NSU offer classes in both English and the 
local language. 



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5 


CAPA prepares for ‘Young Frankenstein’ 



Jesse Kortus (Igor) practices his lines and comedic timing with the rest of the cast during rehearsals. Photo by Bonny Bacocdni 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

“Young Frankenstein” costume designer 
Dominique Davis budgeted for over $600 
worth of fabric for the women’s outfits in this 
comedic musical. 

Davis said she wants to do “as much as 
possible” with the costumes because, as a 
senior, this is the last NSU show she will 
design. 

Over six costumes were made from scratch 
for the show, and most of them are gowns for 
the character of Elizabeth, the female lead. 

“My eyes will be on her the most when I 
finally get to see the show,” Davis said. “I put 
so much into her.” 

The actor who plays Elizabeth, Scarlett 
Saizan, said that the first fitting for the 
“Jessica Rabbit style” dress she wears in the 
first scene lasted three hours. 

“It’s very boobs high, butt lifted,” Davis 
said. 

Saizan said that she envisions Elizabeth as 
a sassy and sensual character. 

“You never know when Elizabeth will 
show up,” Saizan said. “She likes to pop up. 


and you’ll see why.” 

While acting in dramas comes more 
natural to Saizan, she said that she is excited 
to perform in the biggest comedic production 
NSU has put on in the past four years. 

Saizan said that comedy can be tricky, 
but worth it; the reward is the audience’s 
reaction. 

“Comedy is all about timing,” Saizan 
said. “With timing, especially in ‘Young 
Frankenstein,’ it’s all about the pauses.” 

Director Scott Burrell said that big 
comedic productions can be a challenge; 
it’s all about the rehearsal, presentation and 
making the punchlines clear to the audience. 

Burell is prepared to present a show that 
honors the original vision of the playwright. 
Gene Wilder, especially since his recent 
passing. 

“Knowing what a special movie it was for 
all generations, I just want to make sure that 
it’s as well received here on NSU’ s campus as 
it was on Broadway,” Burell said. 

Davis, Saizan and Burrell all agreed that 
the size and comedy of the show should 
impress the audience in a unique way. 

“I want everything to be really big,” Davis 


said of her costumes. “That’s one of the 
qualities I know that I can take from a comedy 
and use. With comedies, everything is really 
big and exaggerated.” 

The show will be a big spectacle, Burell 
said, and whether or not the audience has seen 


the movie or musical “Young Frankenstein,” 
they will be entertained. 

“The entire team is so invested in it,” 
Saizan said. “From our scene designer to our 
costume designer to our directors, we’re all 
ready to make the most out of this.” 



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opinions 


7 



Students give their honest 
predictions for what the 
future presidency may hold. 



Desmond 

Moss 

Sophomore 

Theatre 


“If Trump becomes President, he’ll 
probably cut Common Core, which is great 
even though he’s a terrible human being. 
Hillary is equally as terrible, but she’ll do 
some things that I’ll like. She’ll keep intact 
all the LGBT advances we’ve made in the 
last eight years, which would probably get 
kicked back if Trump were President. 

I like some of her democratic ideals, 
especially when it comes to being 
progressive. Honestly, it’s really hard to 
determine since they are both known to be 
liars...” 



Taylor 

Burch 

Sophomore 

Music 

Education 


“There will be riots either way. People are 
going to be upset either way. I think there 
will be violence either way immediately 
following. We will see a lot more positivity 
eventually if Hillary became president. I 
think Trump may either be impeached or 
not re-elected...” 


Jazzmyn 
Feagins 

Freshman 
Biology 

“If Trump becomes President it wouldn’t 
be as bad as what they say it would be. One 
man can’t send everyone back or anything 
like that. I think Trump would lean more 
toward the Republicans and make things 
better for them. The middle and lower class 
wouldn’t get as much attention. If Hillary 
becomes President it wouldn’t be anything 
different. I think she would focus on 
everybody instead of a group of people.” 

Photos by Valentina Perez 



Form your own opinion: 

A closer look at presidential candidates 

The deadline to register in Louisiana for the presidential election is Oct. 1 1 . 

While many are set in voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump, two other candidates are on 
Louisiana's ballot. Do you know what all four of these candidates support? 


Donald Trump supports: 

• Education: not increasing taxes for the 
rich in order to reduce interest rates for 
student loans, ending Common Core 

• Social: The government defunding 
Planned Parenthood, the death penalty, 
keeping the confederate flag off 
government property 

• Economic: raising the federal minimum 
wage, lowering the tax rate for 
corporations, ending all government 
subsidies 

• Foreign Policy: formally declaring 
war on ISIS, decreasing foreign aid 
spending, continued NSA surveillance 
of U.S. allies 

• Domestic Policy: setting term limits for 
members of Congress, the Patriot Act, 
not decriminalizing drug usage 

• Immigration: increasing restrictions on 
the current U.S. border security policy, 
requiring immigrants to learn English, 
banning immigrants from "high risk" 
countries 



Hillary Clinton supports: 

• Education: increasing taxes for the rich in 
order to reduce interest rates for student 
loans, continuing Common Core 

• Social: pro-choice legislation, allowing 
LGBTQ+ couples the same adoption 
rights as straight couples, the death 
penalty 

• Economic: increasing pension payments 
for retired government workers, bailing 
out Puerto Rico, subsidizing farmers 

• Foreign Policy: accepting Syrian 
refugees, increasing foreign aid spending, 
shutting down Guantanamo Bay 

• Domestic Policy: strict background 
checks, psychological testing and training 
for those who purchase guns, the Patriot 
Act, not raising the retirement age for 
social security 

• Immigration: granting citizenship to 
children of undocumented people, 
enforcing the current U.S. border policy, 
giving undocumented people access to 
government-subsidized healthcare 


Jill Stein supports: 

• Education: increasing government 
funding so every student receives a free 
college education, increasing taxes for the 
rich in order to reduce interest rates for 
student loans, ending Common Core 

• Social: pro-choice legislation and 
comprehensive sex education, allowing 
women to serve in the military in combat 
roles, allowing terminally ill patients to 
end their lives via assisted suicide 

• Economic: reducing military spending, 
fewer restrictions on current welfare 
benefits, subsidizing only small, local 
farmers 

• Foreign Policy: increasing foreign aid 
spending to countries that have no human 
rights violations, not formally declaring 
war on ISIS, preventing military torture 
techniques 

• Domestic Policy: decriminalizing drug 
usage and reducing sentences for those 
already serving time, granting immunity 
to Edward Snowden, prohibiting 
government surveillance 

• Immigration: abolishing all national 
borders, offering in-state tuition to 
undocumented immigrants in their 
residing states, granting undocumented 
people temporary amnesty 




Illustrations by Rachael Coyne 


Gary Johnson supports: 

• Education: not increasing taxes for the 
rich in order to reduce interest rates 
for student loans, ending Common 
Core 

• Social: ending the death penalty 
because too many people are wrongly 
convicted, adding "gender identity" 
to anti-discrimination laws, requiring 
health insurance providers to offer free 
birth control 

• Economic: lowering the tax rates 
for corporations, the Trans-Pacific 
Partnership, increasing restrictions on 
current welfare benefits 

• Foreign Policy: decreasing military 
spending, closing Guantanamo Bay, 
accepting Syrian refugees after 
background checks, continuous 
monitoring 

• Domestic Policy: term limits for 
Congress, privatizing social security, 
adding restrictions to gun purchases 
for mentally ill folks and criminals 

• Immigration: granting undocumented 
people legal citizenship for those 
born in the U.S., creating a simple 
path to citizenship for those with no 
criminal record, easing the process for 
immigrants to get temporary work visas 


All of the information above comes from isidewith.com. We only chose a few issues to publish in our paper, but the website covers all stances of 
Trump, Johnson, Clinton and Stein. 




6 


sports 


Demon Dodgeball team 
relieves students’ stress 



Senior student Keith Domingue Jr. participates in last Wednesday’s dodgeball game. 


Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

S ome might recall the days of elementary 
and middle school P.E.— memories of 
running laps outside, the occasional pull- 
up and flag football. However, when the P.E. 
teacher busted out the dodgeball equipment, 
everyone knew that “it was going down.” 

Because a registered student organization 
(RSO) devoted to dodgeball exists on campus, 
NSU students are no longer forced to leave 
their dodgeball days behind; the club is open 
to any NSU student. 

The Demon Dodgeball team, started 
by NSU alumni Mark Springer and Yaser 
Elqutub, is under the advisement of Dr. 
Davina McClain of the Louisiana Scholar’s 
College, the founding adviser of the club. She 
has been the team’s adviser for the past eight 
years. 

Demon Dodgeball veteran Casey Jones 


said he looks forward to meeting with his team 
every week and playing on the court. 

“I was looking for a way to stay active 
my freshman year,” Jones said. “Dodgeball 
quickly became the highlight of my week.” 

The club plays multiple rounds of 
dodgeball at each practice, beginning with the 
participants dividing into two different teams 
with the teams changing every week. 

The goal of the club is to provide an 
atmosphere for students to play, have fun and 
let off steam from the stress of college life. 

For students who are interested, the 
Demon Dodgeball team meets every Tuesday 
from 6 to 8 p.m. and every Wednesday from 5 
to 7 p.m. at the gym in the Health and Human 
Performance building. 

The rules and regulations of the game are 
explained to newcomers. 

“One common fear I’ve seen in people 
since joining is being hit in the face, but this is 
a fairly rare occurrence,” Jones said. 


DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 

September 




Volleyball vs. Texas A&M 
Corpus Christi, Prather 
Coliseum, 7 p.m. 


Soccer vs.Abilene 
Christian, Demon Soccer 
Complex, 7 p.m. 


October 




Volleyball vs. In earn ate Word, 
Prather Coliseum, I p.m. 

Women’s Cross Country 
at MSU Cowboy Stampede, 
8:30 a.m. 

Men’s Cross Country at MSU 
Cowboy Stampede, 9: 1 5 a.m. 

Volleyball vs. Incarnate Word, 
Prather 

Coliseum, I p.m. 

Softball at Baylor University, 

2 p.m. 

Softball at Baylor University, 

4 p.m. 


Soccer vs. Incarnate Word, 
Demon Soccer Complex, 

I p.m. 



September 21-28 
Athletic Scores 

Volleyball 

9/22 WIN vs. McNeese St. 3-0 
9/24 WIN vs. Nicholls 3-1 

9/27 WIN vs. Central AR 


Soccer 

9/23 WIN vs. Lamar 


3-0 


1-0 


9/25 WIN vs. McNeese St. 2-1 

Football 

9/24 LOSS vs. SE Louisiana 24-34 


DEMON 

INTRAMURALS 

September 


THU 

29 


Cornhole Tournament, 
President’s Field, 5:30 p.m. 


The full schedule for intramural 
sports can be found at wrac.nsula. 
edu/demon-intramurals/ 


Demon soccer wins two away games over weekend 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 


Over the weekend, the NSU soccer team 
took home wins at both of their away games 
against Lamar and McNeese State— something 
they haven’t done since 2006. 

Looking to go .500 in win percentage, the 
team received just that by winning their first 
game at Lamar 1-0 in a hard fought offensive 
struggle. 

Until the 78’ minute, the game was tied. 
Then, junior Shelby Drope scored her first 
career goal for NSU, drilling it into the bottom 


left corner. 

“The game was very frustrating for 
everyone because we had a host of chances,” 
Drope said. “I’m usually the one handing out 
the assists for everyone, but this time I went 
up in the attack, and it went in. It was surreal.” 

Even though Lamar attempted many shots 
after the Demons, goalkeeper Alex Latham 
was able to keep the clean sheet, sealing the 
victory. 

After a late win thriller in Beaumont, the 
Demons traveled to Lake Charles to take 
on McNeese State; they won their second 
consecutive game, 2- 1 . 


The Demons began the game with an edge. 
Player April Trowbridge scored her fifth goal 
of the season in the 10’ minute, and eight 
minutes later Patry Carrion gave NSU a two- 
goal cushion off a free kick. 

“I saw a little opening on the left side of 
the goalkeeper, and I knew it had to be in that 
specific spot if I wanted to score, and it did,” 
Carrion said. 

Latham once again secured the Demons’ 
lead, saving six of McNeeses’ seven shots on 
goal, including a free kick from the Cowgirls. 
Latham was named Southland Conference 
Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time 


this month because of her recent performance. 

With NSU now 5-5 on the season, the 
soccer team looks forward to staying home 
this weekend, playing games against Abilene 
Christian and Incarnate Word. 

“I can definitely say that we have a lot of 
confidence coming into these next two home 
games,” Esdeina Gonzalez said. “We’re now 
back to .500, and we’re pushing. I know we 
can win these home games and have our fans 
witness us getting the W. ” 

NSU will play Abilene Christian on Sept. 
30 and Incarnate Word on Oct. 2, and both 
games are at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex. 






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Contributing Illustrator 



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place in early Oct. 

page 3 

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page 5 

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NSU President Jim Henderson is the only 
nominee for the UL System presidency. 

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ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-In-Chief 

& 

JACOBEY FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

O njan. 1,2015, a love affair between 
Dr. Jim Henderson and NSU began. 
On March 27 at the Presidential 
Investiture, the love affair became official. 
New NSU president Jim Henderson walked 
up to the podium, accepted his purple robes 
and proclaimed his love and fealty with an 
official “fork’em, demons.” 

In simpler terms, 

Henderson was formally 
recognized as NSU’s 18th 
president. 

Twenty-one months after 
the love affair’s impetus, NSU 
and Henderson’s love was 
blossoming as purple demon 
emojis took over social media 
in a rampage. 

But all good things must come to an end. 
Vice President for the Student Experience 
Dr. Chris Maggio said he “knew This day’ 
would be forthcoming” for Henderson, but 
“he hoped it wouldn’t be as soon as it was.” 

On Oct. 3, everything changed. In an 
email sent to faculty and staff, Henderson 
announced that he was recommended to 
become the next president of the University 
of Louisiana (UL) System, which includes 
Northwestern and eight other schools in 
Louisiana. 

“It is impossible for me to adequately 


express to each of you my appreciation for 
the role that you have played in creating this 
possibility for me to assume a position of 
expanded involvement in shaping the future 
of Northwestern and other schools in the 
University of Louisiana System,” Henderson 
said in the email. 

On Oct. 6, Henderson will drive to Baton 
Rouge to meet the Board of Supervisors of 
the UL System, and when he drives back, 
the decision will be hnal. Either the board 
will offer Henderson the presidency, which 
Henderson said he will accept, or a search 
committee will begin a new search for a 
nominee, as Henderson is the only nominee 


for the position. 

If the position is approved, Henderson 
will begin his new presidency on Jan. 1, 
2017, about a year after he heard of the 
vacant position. 

“When the vacancy hrst occurred, I 
quickly said that it wasn’t for me and not 
something that I wanted to do,” Henderson 
said. “By late August, it started to dawn on 
me that there is an immense amount of work 
to do in Baton Rouge before we can start on 
the work here.” 

According to an article in The Times- 


Picayune, the TOPS funding for the Spring 
2017 semester will drop to 42 percent, a 
steep drop from the 100 percent in the Tail 
2016 semester. 

However, Dean of Students Trances 
Conine said that “NSU has made a pledge” 
to “absorb the cost of what TOPS does not 
cover.” 

Henderson said that when he was a college 
student, the state funded about 70 percent of 
schooling. Now, the state funds less than 30 
percent of the cost, and Henderson has “a 
big problem with that. ” 

“As hard as we strive and as hard as our 
faculty works, until we get the right kind of 
leadership in Baton Rouge, 
we will not be able to give 
students the experience they 
deserve,” Henderson said. 

If Henderson is elected, 
NSU could have an interim 
president for the entire 
spring semester while 
a committee of board 
members, local interests 
and alumni, faculty members and student 
representatives review applications for a new 
NSU president. 

The committee will bring the finalists 
on campus to meet with faculty, staff and 
students to ensure that the new president is 
the right fit for the university. 

“I think... this going to be positive for 
the university,” Maggio said. “We will have 
Dr. Henderson in a very prominent and 
influential role. . .and knowing the challenges 
and strengths of NSU will put him in a 
position where he will be able to help us. ” 


“As hard as we strive and as hard as our 
faculty works, until we get the right kind of 
leadership in Baton Rouge, we will not be 
able to give students the experience they 
deserve.” 



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Editor-In-Chief 

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Managing Editor 

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Campus security encourages saftey 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

U niversity Police Detective John Greely 
explained the effects of peer pressure 
as he recalled the robberies at Popeye’s 
and Dollar General on University Lane last 
December. 

“One guy thought him and his new friends 
were just going to go riding around,” Greely 
said. “Then they handed him a gun. ” 

NSU Police Chief Jon Caliste believes 
that the best way students can 
reduce their vulnerability is to plan 
ahead and listen to the safety advice of 
their parents. 

“My momma taught me more about 
staying safe than any training or on- 
the-job experience,” Caliste said. He 
said that when he was growing up, his 
mother made him answer her questions 
before he could leave the house. 

Caliste said that once students begin 
college, they underestimate the power of peer 
pressure. Notifying friends or family about 
one’s plans or whereabouts is a precaution that 
can keep individuals safe. 

The Physical Plant’s Operations & Access 
Control Coordinator Thadd Warren explained 
the importance of a proactive approach to 
security on the part of the physical plant and 
campus police. 


Campus police take many precautions 
for campus safety including the monitoring 
of the Student Concerns Facebook page. On 
the night of Sept. 25, a student posted on the 
Facebook page that some of the outside lights 
at Watson Library were not working. 

Campus Police immediately sent an officer 
to patrol the area. They also alerted the Physical 
Plant to the situation, and the lighting issue was 
resolved within 15 minutes. 

Last summer, NSU’s campus was assessed 
by Margolis Healy, a professional services firm 
SDceializimr in camDus safetv. securitv and 

£ ^ My momma taught me 
more about staying safe 
than any training or on-the- 
job experience. 



regulatory compliance for higher education 
and K-12. NSU should receive the results of 
the assessment within the next two months. 

The purpose of the security assessment is 
to identify every possible opportunity NSU 
should seize to ensure the safety of its students. 

students can expect improvements to 

security such as more cameras in high-traffic 
areas and l ^ c installation of lights along 
the walkway from Caddo Hall to University 


Columns. 

The police have increased their presence on 
campus, and they also urge students to adopt 
the “see something, say something” attitude 
towards campus safety. 

“If the students help us, it will make 
everything so much safer,” Greely said. 

Greely said that no matter how small or 
odd something may seem. Campus Police will 
send someone to check on anything reported as 
suspicious or threatening. 

In addition to the “see something, say 
something” policy, students can take an 
extra precaution in the event of a theft, 
specifically bike theft. 

Students can register their bikes at the 
police station the same way they would 
register a vehicle, except bike registration 
is free. 

Freshman Rachel Coyne’s bike was 
stolen on Sept. 23 in broad daylight from 
the Kyser Hall bike racks. 

“I wish I would have known about the free 
bike registration,” Coyne said. “I also wish 
someone would have seen and reported the 
person who cut my lock. ” 

Warren encourages students to call the 
physical plant if they notice anything about the 
campus environment that might compromise 
someone’s safety. If students feel immediate 
danger, they should immediately contact the 
University Police. 


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The student body elected 1 1 new senators- 
at-large in late September, and students are 
ready to see what actions they will take to 
improve campus life. 

Music business major Hannah Johnson said 
that she wants the new SGA senators to make 
more of an effort to reach students who are not 
a part of the association. 

“I feel like SGA is actually pretty 
disconnected from the student body,” Johnson 
said. “As in, they don’t communicate much 
between groups and/ or the different varieties 
of students.” 

It is the duty of a senator, Johnson said, to 
make sure every student’s voice is heard. 

Newly elected senator Thomas Celles said 
that he wants to be the voice for “the little guy,” 
and encourage students who feel strongly about 
campus issues to speak up at SGA meetings. 

“We’re only a small amount of students,” 
the accounting major said. “We don’t always 
notice every issue on campus.” 

Most new senators are incoming freshmen, 
and SGA President John Pearce said that he is 
excited to see them bring a fresh perspective to 
SGA this semester. 

“I just really appreciate their willingness to 
serve,” Pearce said. 

Junior Syroi Webb is worried that “SGA 
exists within itself for itself and not as a true 


representation of Northwestern.” 

Webb said that she wants to see SGA more 
fully represent the diversity of the student body, 
whether that be with the LGBTQ+, people of 
color or religious minority communities. 

After feeling inspired by the SGA Speaker of 
the House Htet Htet Rodgers, 
freshman Taylor McBroom ran 
for senator-at-large because 
she is “big on helping people.” 

McBroom said that, since 
being elected, people approach 
her with campus issues daily. 

The business major welcomes 
this kind of dialogue and wants 
to be a voice for all students. 

“It’s good to be involved, 
and I’m interested in politics,” 

McBroom said. 

Webb and Johnson both 
want to see the new senators 
take on campus issues 

effectively. 

Senior Trena Camp 

suggested that senators 

work on making NSU and 
Natchitoches more bike- 
friendly, “considering we 
have myriad foreign exchange 
students and also not a lot of 
parking.” 

The new senators have 
many expectations to meet 
from students this semester. 


and Pearce said that they are ready and eager to 
improve campus life for the student body. 

SGA meetings are held every Monday at 
6 p.m. in the Cane River Room. Students are 
welcome to attend and voice their opinions and 
concerns about campus issues. 



Senator Thomas Celles is treasurer for Forum Council 
and Kappa Sigma. Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 




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SGA asks housing for 
coin dispensers in 
every laundry room 

LYDIA WILLIAMS 

Contributing Reporter 

F or students living on campus, the days 
of rummaging through cupholders for 
change to pay for laundry may soon be 

over. 

SGA is working with campus housing to 
put coin dispensers in all campus laundry 
rooms. With these coin dispensers, students 
can put in cash and receive quarters to do 
laundry more easily. 

SGA President John Pearce said that the 
housing department is currently pricing 
dispensers. 

“My freshman year, I lived in UP2, and I 
remember it was such a hassle,” SGA Vice 
President Tre Nelson said. “We never had 
quarters, and the card machines were never 
working, so it was really frustrating. ” 

Nelson said that he and his friends used 
to go to Brookshires or similar businesses to 
get coins for laundry. 

“Enough students have voiced their 
concern and aggravation, and it’s my job to 


voice their concerns for them through the 
appropriate channels,” Pearce said. 

Nelson agreed. “That’s what SGA is 
there for, and I think the students will really 
appreciate having those coin dispensers 
available to them,” he said. 


Photo by Emily Talbot 

No date has been set for the dispensers 
to be placed; however, in the meantime, 
students can go to the University Place and 
Columns clubhouses and exchange cash for 
coins between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday 
through Friday. 

Deadline for voter 
registration approches 

JORDAN REICH 

Copy Editor 

The deadline to register to vote for the 
November elections is Oct. 11. Students 
seeking out voter information for the state of 
Louisiana can look to the Student Services 
Center on NSU’s campus. 

For first time voters, the One Card office 
can help students register by Filing out the 
required form to mail in. Students can also go 
through this process online at several websites, 
including sos.la.gov, vote.org and rockthevote. 
com. 

NSU students that are registered in a parish 
other than Natchitoches have the option to 
request an absentee ballot. The last date to 
request an absentee ballot is Nov. 4 and the 
form to fill out can also be found online at the 
same websites. 

Another option available is early voting. 
From Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, registered voters can 
cast their votes in person at select locations. The 
Natchitoches Parish Courthouse located at 200 
Church St. Office 103 serves as the designated 
area for the entire parish. More information, as 
well as other designated locations across the 
state, can be found at sos.la.gov. 

Find your state and 
U.S. legislators at 

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ 
FindMy Legislators 


Police Blotter Sept. 26— Oct. 4 

Sept. 26 

-Suspicious Person - Warren Easton 
Student Eating Lunch - Closed 
-Complaint of Vehicle Keying - CAPA 
Investigation ongoing 
-Fight - WRAC ' 

Unknown 
Sept. 27 

-Hit and Run - Roy Hall 
Investigation ongoing 

Sept. 28 

-Complaint of Careless Driver - University Columns 
Situation Controlled 

Sept. 29 

-Auto Accident - University Columns 
Situation Controlled 

Sept. 30 

-Parent Unable to Contact Student - Kappa Sigma House 
Student Located 

Oct. 2 

-Suspicious Person - University Columns 
Situation Controlled 

Oct. 3 

-Student Bit by Rabbit - Sam Sibley 
Incident Reported 
-Drug Violation - Tarlton 
Citation Issued 

Oct. 4 

-Suspicious Persons - Watson 

Both Were Students 

-Fight - CAPA 

Housing Contacted 

-Unable to Contact Student - UP1 

Student Located 



GO Grants proccess 
still in the works 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions editor 

Associate Director of financial aid Kristi 
Waters said that GO Grants will not be 
processed until the first week of October. 

“We have to wait until all state aid is 
l posted before we can start,” Waters said. 

' “Students that are eligible will receive an 
l additional refund after this . ” 

The purpose of this GO Grant program 
is to provide a need-based component to 
the state’s financial aid plan to support 
nontraditional and low to moderate-income 
students. 

The Board of Regents has approved 
$26,429,108 for GO Grant awards for the 
20 1 6-20 1 7 academic year. 

According to the OSFA website, to be 
eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant, a student 
must: 

• Be a Louisiana Resident 

• File a Free Application for Federal Student 
Aid (FAFSA) 

I • Receive a federal Pell Grant 

• Have remaining financial need after 
deducting Estimated Family Contribution 
(EFC) and all federal/state/institutional 
grant or scholarship aid (“gift aid”) from 
student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) 

• Be a student enrolled in an eligible 
Louisiana institution on at least a half-time 
basis (minimum 6 hours at semester school 
or 4 hours at a quarter school) . 

“I wasn’t aware that this was even a thing,” 
sophomore Jessica Watkins said. “Now that I 
know, I will definitely see if I am eligible.” 

There is a residency rule: you must be a 
Louisiana resident the day the FAFSA is hied. 

If your state of residence is not reported 
as Louisiana, but you as a dependent 
student claim that a non-custodial parent 
is a Louisiana resident, or that your parents 
are Louisiana residents living out of state, 
LOSFA will determine residency based on 
the completion of a residency affidavit. 

The maximum annual award amounts for 
the 2016-2017 academic year is $3,000, 
and the minimum is $300. 

Students have to renew this grant every 
year. 

“The GO Grants really help me out, 
especially with refund checks dropping,” 
criminal justice major Taylor Henderson 
said. “I just wish it didn’t take so long for 
them to process.” 




arts & Living 


Argus hosts contest 


MAGGIE HARRIS 

Argus Editor 

Do you want to change the face of Argus, 
our student literary magazine on campus? Of 
course you do! What’s more, we on the Argus 
staff want to see how our fellow students view 
our award-winning magazine! 

We want you to design a logo for Argus, 
something unique and inspiring like the logos 
of The Current Sauce, KNWD and Potpourri. 
However, Argus is known for our proud 
peacock, and thus, this must be incorporated 
into the logo in whatever way imaginable. 

Argus is already 40 years old and still 
doesn’t have a brand image, so this is a long- 
waited and eventful step for us to share with 
you. 

To submit, simply go to argusnsu. 
submittable.com/submit. The rules for the 
logo are on the site as well, including the 

Honor Society 
aids students 
in English fields 

TORIA SMITH 

Contributing Reporter 

Sigma Tau Delta, an international English 
honor society and chapter of Nu lota, is one of 
many honor societies atNSU. 

Students who major or minor in English, 
or students who have taken at least two classes 
beyond the freshmen English requirements are 
eligible for membership. 

As a student-led organization, members gain 
hands-on experience by choosing discussion 
topics and hosting professional development 
meetings. 

Professor of English and Sigma Tau 
Delta's faculty advisor Dr. Sarah McFarland 
emphasized the benefits of joining the society. 

"Sigma Tau Delta helps students position 
themselves successfully," McFarland said. 

McFarland said that it is important for 
English students to connect with others 
in their held as a way to create networking 



format the logos must be submitted as. On that 
same page is the link for submissions for this 
year’s magazine as well! Submissions are open 
until Oct. 10. 

Our own Assistant Editor, Nick Jones, 
wanted to share his own message for the logo 
contest. 

"I'm excited about the logo competition 
being put in place for this year's edition,” 
Jones said. “It's another opportunity to 
have our students work immortalized by our 
magazine.” 

“That' s really our main goal for Argus - for 
young, aspiring writers and artists to become 
a permanent part of NSU's scene before they 
expand their talents even further beyond the 
NSUniverse,” Jones said. 

We look forward to receiving your 
submissions for the logo and the magazine. 
We only hope that this year will be one of our 
most memorable thus far, all thanks to you! 



Illustration by Rachael Coyne 


opportunities anc ^ as awa Y t0 socialize with like- 
minded people. 

Professors from the English department 
come to all of the professional development 
meetings and academic events hosted by Sigma 
Tau Delta. This makes it easy for members to 
meetprofessors that they have not taken a course 
with yet or with professors who are interested in 
the same areas of English scholarship. 

Students who are interested in joining Sigma 
Tau Delta can find the application at https:// 
langcomm . nsula. edu/ student-organizations . 


AOII holds 

MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

NSU's Alpha Omicron Pi sorority is hosting 
its hr st kickball tournament to benefit The 
Arthritis Foundation, a charity chosen by the 
sorority as arthritis affects a multitude of ages 
and genders and about 30.8 million adults 
suffer from it. 

Being a member of a fraternity or sorority 
requires philanthropy and organizational 



TJ Gorham, Mr. NSU 

Photo by Kimberly Gallow 


Mr. NSU 

When Gorham isn’t attending his several 
three-hour classes on Mondays, he’s working 
at a hospice for his social work internship. 

“Throughout the day I’m usually traveling 
visiting patients and families,” Gorham said. 
“I’m just an intern, so I can’t really do too 
much counseling, but I do shadow the other 
social workers.” 

Gorham said that receiving the title of Mr. 
NSU is a dream come true and a humbling 

! experience that he feels honored to have. 

He hopes that he can “continue to be 
Ij the face of [NSU’s] campus and show it in a 

j „ 

li positive way. 

| Gorham said that once he graduates, he 
) plans to attend LSU to pursue his master’s, 
pursue a license to practice social work and 
work for the Federal Government. 


involvement. Typically, sorority and fraternity 

headquarters select a cause or organization to 
raise money and bring awareness. Members are 
then required to get a certain amount of service 
hours for their respective organizations. 

AOII always holds a "Strike Out Arthritis" 
event in the spring, but this is the first event 
during the fall semester. Rebekah Taylor is the 
current philanthropy chair of AOII, and she 
made the decision to start this event. 

Toria Smith, an active member of AOII, is 
thrilled that her sorority is starting its first ever 



Leighann Westfall, Miss NSU 

Photo submitted by Leighann Westfall 


Miss NSU 

After Westfall graduates, she wants to 
go into the sports entertainment industry, 
specifically in the area of event planning. 

Her dream job is to work for either 
the MLB (Major League Baseball) or NFL 
(National Football League) teams as their 
event coordinator and to work in her 
hometown of Houston, if possible. 

Westfall said that, as Miss NSU, she plans 
to create more service projects and initiatives 
to support different charities that the school 
will allow her and Gorham to represent. 

Westfall said Miss NSU means a lot to 
her because it shows that everything she 
accomplished and worked for at Northwestern 
for the past four years has been recognized. 

She said that she will wear her title of Miss 
NSU proudly and that she is excited to know 
that the faculty and student body have enough 
confidence in her to represent the university. 


kickball tournament. 

"Philanthropy is an important part of Greek 
life because it gives us a chance to give back and 
live out the values of our founders," Smith said. 

AOPII welcomes and encourages any and all 
students to participate, even if they do not want 
to play in the game. Lunch will be provided for 
all teams, but otherwise costs $10 for a meal 
ticket. 

The tournament is on Saturday, Oct. 15. 
Registration for the tournament starts at 9 a.m. , 
and the first game will begin at 1 0 a.m. 


kickball tournament for charity 


Mr. & Miss NSU chosen 

AN-GEL SAMUEL Gorham and Westfall both agreed that 

Opinions Editor they wanted to take their positions further 

than the “basics" by accomplishing more than 

T he votes are in. The student body has just speaking at graduation and parades and 
chosen their new Mr. and Miss N SU. creating more ways to "give back. " 

Social work major TJ Gorham and “Mr. and Miss NSU will represent the 

hospitality management and tourism major student body in every way that we can,” 
Leighann Westfall are Mr. and Miss NSU for Westfall said. 

the 20 1 6-20 1 7 academic year. Here is a closer look at NSU' s new royalty. 




arts & Living 


5 


City musician thrives in community 



The Rivers Revue plays at the Pioneer Pub every Thursday night. 

Photo by Daniel Thiels 


H ardrick Rivers has been involved in the 
Natchitoches music scene for nearly 
50 years, making a name for himself 
amongst not only the residents but throughout 
the South as well. 

Rivers began to study with Overton Owens, 
a master of Louisiana music, at the age of 1 3. 

"I've never wanted to do anything else," 
Rivers said. "I've done a lot of things, raised 
a family, but I've never wanted to do anything 
else." 

Rivers played music for many years before 
becoming a high school band director, where 
he conducted his marching band in the 2010 
Super Bowl, an opportunity he said he is 
extremely proud of. 

Since, Rivers has gone back to playing music 
with his current project. The Rivers Revue, a 
band that frequents Natchitoches music spots. 

"I've known some of these guys for more 
than 30 years," Rivers said. "We've always 
played music together, but we've been a formed 
band for about 1 0 years. " 

The Rivers Revue is not only well known 
in the Natchitoches community, but also 
internationally, recently returning from an 
overseas tour. 

Rivers stresses that in the music business 
nothing comes easy and that he enjoys the 
opportunity to mentor students who come 
through NSU. 

"You start off with zero points and have to 
gain as you go," Rivers said. "That's just how 
this business goes." 


Rivers said being recognized by your peers 
is one of the best accomplishments there is. 

After his leg was amputated in 2015, 
Rivers' fellow musicians from the Natchitoches 
area came together to raise money during a 
festival to pay for a prosthesis. 

"It was awesome," Rivers said. "It was such 
a great feeling." 

The musicians in the area have since 
continued the fund and festival, deeming it the 
Hardrick Fest, which continues to raise money 


for prosthesis awareness. 

Rivers' current goal is to continue to work 
on his music. 

"As soon as I can get in my prosthesis, I'm 
going to be finishing and releasing my new 
album," Rivers said. "I'm just grateful to have 
the ability to keep playing. " 

To watch Rivers and The Rivers Revue 
in action, you can catch him along with the 
members of his band and his wife at the Pioneer 
Pub every Thursday night. 


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Rocky Horror 
now themed 
‘BSDM Biker’ 
for performance 
this year 

JOSH FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

The leaves are falling, the weather is 
changing and girls are breaking out their 
UGG boots. These autumn changes warn 
us of one thing: The Rocky Horror Picture 
Show is coming. 

Performing Richard O'Brien's cult 
classic is a long held tradition of NSU 
Theatre and Dance. 

This annual theatrical spectacle 
is organized by the Student Theatre 
Organization, a group traditionally 
comprised of mostly freshmen, and it is 
directed by a student. 

This year's director is NSU senior 
Leonard Harris who promises big things 
for this year's performance. 

Harris said he's attempting to steer 
away from the typical traditional theme of 
the production. 

"I wanted to do something a little 
different. It's always been sort of drag 
queen-esque," Harris said. "I'm going for 
a biker BDSM theme this year. It's going 
to be very leather jackets, fishnets, daisy 
dukes, fishnets and chains." 

Harris said that this year's audition 
process had one of the largest turn outs 
he's seen. 

"I actually had to limit my cast this 
year," Harris said. "The caliber of talent 
that these freshmen brought to the table is 
truly outstanding. " 

Claiming the role of the "sweet 
transvestite," or Frank-N-Furter, is senior 
Charles Anderson Jr., who Harris said 
auditioned for this role specifically when 
he came to auditions. 

Anderson believes his role as Frank-N- 
Furter shows growth in his confidence both 
on and off stage. 

"I have definitely gone through a 
journey in self-love and confidence 
throughout my four years here at NSU," 
Anderson said. "Thanks to my wonderful 
friends... I have grown to love myself for all 
of my imperfections." 

Anderson said that he is "ready to see 
how [Harris] will make this show stand out 
from past productions." 

"I know he has a beautiful vision and 
a wonderfully creative mind," Anderson 
said. 

This year's Rocky Horror show is on 
Oct. 29 and 31 in the Student Union 
Ballroom. The proceeds will go to STO for 
potential scholarships. 






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sports 


DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 

October 


THU 

6 


Volleyball at Houston Baptist, 
7 p.m. 


Sept. 29-Oct. 5 
Athletic Scores 



FRI 

7 


Women’s Tennis at SMU Invite 

Women’s Soccer at Sam 
Houston State, 6:30 p.m. 


SAT 

8 


Women’s Tennis at SMU Invite 

Softball at LSU, timeTBA 

Women’s Volleyball at Lamar, 

I p.m. 


Football vs. Kentucky Wesleyan, 
Turpin Stadium, 6 p.m. 


Volleyball 

9/29 LOSS vs.TAMUCC 0-3 

1 0/1 WIN vs. Incarnate Word 3-1 

Soccer 

9/30 WIN vs. Abilene Christian 2-1 

1 0/2 WIN vs. Incarnate Word 1-0 


DEMON 

INTRAMURALS 

October 


SUN 

9 


Women’s Tennis at SMU Invite 


The full schedule for Demon sports 
can be found at nsudemons.com 


THU 

6 


Flag Football Captain’s Meeting, 
WRAC Classroom, 7:30 p.m. 


MON 

10 


Flag Football Season Kick-off, 
IM Football Fields, timeTBA 


The full schedule for intramural 
sports can be found at wrac.nsula. 
edu/demon-intramurals/ 


Demon Football shaping up for 
second home game of the season 



The Demons face Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 8 at Turpin Stadium 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

T he Demons are still searching for their 
first win of the season this Friday against 
Kentucky Wesleyan. 

The team has lost the first four games of the 
season and hopes to overcome with the defeat of 
a struggling Panthers team. The Panthers have 
lost the five games in their season— their closest 
game was against the Wildcats of Davidson 
College, 21-35. 

NSU will play only their second home game 
of the season against the Panthers, and the 
players are happy to play in Turpin Stadium 
again. 

“It’s nice finally being able to stay home and 
play in front of our home crowd/' running back 


De’Mard Llorens said. "It can take a toll on you 
sometimes, being on the road for weeks. " 

The Demons lost a close game to 
Southeastern, losing to the Lions 34-24. 

“When we tied the game up 2 1 all late in 
the 3rd [quarter], we saw the potential," wide 
receiver Bobby Chan-Chan said. "We knew we 
could put away the game.” 

Chan-Chan is second in receiving yards for 
the Northwestern Demons with 107. 

NSU kept it close, down 31-24 with two 
minutes left, when Southeastern sealed the 
game with a last-minute touchdown. 

“We just need to play a complete 60-minute 
game, and I know we can pick up the [win]," 
Chan-Chan said. 

The Demons take the held against Kentucky 
Wesleyan this Friday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. 


Intramural registration open online for all students 


JOSH FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

NSU students do not have to dedicate time, 
sweat and tears into a NCAA level sport to get 
involved. 

Jason Stelly, Director of Intramural's, 
stresses that these recreational sports give 
students a way to get involved in a sports 
environment and escape from school work. 

"It provides a medium for students to have 
a distraction outside of the classroom," Stelly 
said. "...But still gives them organization and 
structure that comes with participation. " 

Stelly said that flag football is one of the 
most popular sections of intramurals for 
obvious reasons. 

The intramural sports program is primarily 


student-driven. Participants register a team via 
the intramural website, schedule practices, run 
teams and pick members; the directors only 
schedule games. 

Intramural sports are open to all students, 
no matter how many hours they may have, and 
registration is happening now. Teams include 
men's, women's and co-rec. 

Students involved get the opportunity to 
explore their interests, win games and go on to 
be in a championship on Nov. 3. 

Winners of the championships go on to 
represent NSU at the state level against 15 
other public and private Louisiana universities. 

Stelly encourages students to visit the 
intramural website through WRAC.nsula.edu 
and sign up to participate in the many sports 
offered through the program. 



Flag football is the most popular sport for NSU intramurals. 

Photo from Creative Commons 




opinions 


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Terrance 

Boyd 

Senior 

Left guard 


San Francisco 49ers 
quarterback Colin 
Kaepernick has been 
kneeling for the national 
anthem this season 
in response to racial 
injustice in America. This 
is what NSU football 
players had to say about 
it. 


“If the movement is something that he 
believes in, he has every right to protest 
it. There’s no better way to do what he’s 
doing. It’s a non-violent protest. He’s 
not killing anybody; he’s just kneeling. 
And he got the conversation going. If it 
wasn’t for him kneeling, would we even 
be talking about it?” 


Brooks 

Haack 

Senior 

Quarterback 


De’Mard 

Llorens 

Senior 
Running back 



“I think people get it confused. 

They think he’s just kneeling trying 
to be disrespectful to the flag, or to 
the military, but it’s more than that. 
Kaepernick is trying to bring attention 
to the injustices that happen every day 
in this country, not only to black people, 
but to people in general,” 


“He’s supporting a good cause, and 
we need a change in the system to stop 
targeting so many black people getting 
killed for silly stuff. I only disagree in 
how he went about doing it. . . .When 
we’re on the held, it’s about the team. 

He’s bringing a lot of unnecessary 
attention to his team, and it’s a big 
distraction. There’s already enough 
to worry about preparing for the next 
football game.” 

Photos by Gary Hardamon 



“I think the way he went about 
promoting the Black Lives Matter 
movement was wrong. Kneeling for 
the hag is wrong in a lot of ways in my 
opinion. It disrespects the people who 
have died hghting for people’s rights, 
past and present.” 




Congratulations, 
fellow student. You have 
reached the half-way 
mark. 

Mental breakdowns 
are in full throttle mode, 
study time is occasionally 
accompanied by alcoholic comfort beverages 
and most of us wish we had puppies to 
unconditionally love us when everyone else 
seems to blame us for our bad choices - 
which of course are caused by mid-semester 


emotions and a looming fear of the grim future 
that lies ahead. 

We begin to rip out our beautiful, young 
hairs as we stress about midterms and Dr. 
Henderson leaving us and what we’re going to 
wear for Halloween and what lies are we going 
to tell our parents when we come home for 
Thanksgiving break and WHAT AM I GOING 
TO DO WITH MY FREAKING LIFE AFTER 
I GRADUATE?!?! 

Sorry about that. . .I’m a little stressed right 
now. 


Letter 
from the 
editor: 


Flip this college 



AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

Over the past year and a half, NSU seems 
to have gone through an episode of “Extreme 
Home Makeover - College Edition.” Of 
course. Dr. Jim Henderson fills in for Ty 
Pennington, the can-do attitude host. 

On Jan. 1, 2015, Dr. Henderson became 
the 18th president of Northwestern State 
University. Before this, he spent five years 
as chancellor of Bossier Parrish Community 
College. 

After serving as NSU’s president for 21 
months and making many noticeable changes 
to the face and brand of the university. Dr. 
Henderson announced on Oct. 3 that he 
was recommended by a search committee 
to become president of the University of 
Louisiana System. 

I was reminded of how dark NSU’s campus 
was before Dr. Henderson’s presidency after I 
saw a Facebookpost from Professor of Classics 
Dr. Davina McClain in my newsfeed. In the 
post, McClain called pre-Henderson NSU 
a “floundering place where dedicated but 
defeated faculty and determined students were 
hghting to do their best with few resources, 
little positivity and no hope that things could or 
would ever get better. ” 

NSU was a needy school and #coolprez was 
its savior. NSU now has a coffee shop, better 
lighting, 30 new faculty members, a School of 
Biological and Physical Sciences, a Department 
ofNew Media, Journalism, and Communication 
Arts, an applied microbiology degree and 
several new post-graduate certificates. 

Unlike the half-finished monstrosity 
mansions Pennington creates out of two- 
bedroom, one-bath homes, and leaving families 
that can barely afford their original utility bills, 
NSU wants these improvements to be 


sustainable. 

Students understand that the economic 
reality of higher education involves budget 
cuts, just like the economic reality of Extreme 
Home Makeover producers who should be 
downsizing the drama associated with their 
“Move the bus ! ” moments. 

Henderson listed the improvements to NSU 
and said that these improvements were only 
accomplished with the assistance of “extremely 
capable and gifted faculty and staff.” 

He said that these improvements were 
accomplished in such a short time by casually 
exclaiming, “One more year and we would have 
this place lit!” 

Henderson will no longer be our president 
if he accepts the position as president of the 
University of Louisiana system. However, he 
will still push for improvements to NSU. 

So, the good news is that NSU still has the 
opportunity to get “lit.” 

We must remember that Dr. Henderson 
did not single-handedly renovate N SU, just like 
Ty Pennington does not renovate houses by 
himself. #coolprez listened to faculty, staff and 
student ideas - we were his crew. 

#coolprez gave us high fives, asked us 
about our day, remembered things about us - 
he made us feel good. Unfortunately, there are 
no “feel good” tax exemptions. Just because 
someone makes you feel good, does not mean 
they are doing what is best for you. 

We should not get caught up in trying to 
hire our next president based on the desire for 
another #coolprez that responds to students on 
social media and cracks jokes in meetings. 

I am not saying our next president should 
be a tyrant, but they should be someone with 
experience and the know-how to keep the ball 
rolling on the improvements to NSU started by 
Dr. Henderson - the #coolprez and catalyst for 

change. Photo from Potpourri 


As illustrated by my deranged thought 
process above, the college student’s brain 
spins like the wheel of a hamster that drank 
Redbull for the first time. 

For those of you with hamster brains - 1 
mean brains that spin like the wheel of a 
hamster - I have two pieces of good news. (If 
you have a hamster brain, I don’t know what to 
tell you.) 

First off, the future is not hopeless. You are 
just anxious because you are young and naive 
and don’t know how to handle all the worries in 


your brain yet. 

Second of all. The Current Sauce is 
hosting a “Puppies and Papers” day on Oct. 

12, made possible by the sponsorship of the 
Natchitoches Humane Society. 

The Current Sauce hopes that the violent 
wheel of mini panic attacks in your brain can 
slow down for awhile with some puppy love. 

So, do not fret, my fellow student. The 
future is full of puppies, and life is like a 
rainbow. 

Ashley Wolf Editor-in-Chief 




Students reflect on their chosen candidate 



Trump supporter Ryan Ware, a senior Liberal Arts major 
with a concentration in politics, philosophy, and law from 
Alexandria, LA, answered the following: 

Q : Does Trump’s lack of political background concern 
you? 

A: No, I really like the idea that he is an outsider, because we 
have really gotten stuck in this idea of “career politicians.” I 
think he will surround himself with political advisers, and get 
a lot of different opinions from his cabinet and vice president. 

Q : What are Trump’s most significant policies? 

A: I’m really excited about his policies toward veterans. 
He wants to bring clinics to veterans, rather than making 
veterans drive to the nearest VA hospital. Specifically, he 
talks about how he wants to put partner VA clinics inside 
of hospitals in rural areas to provide more access. He wants 
to provide more care for the veterans’ families, as well as 
transition services for those coming back from overseas. 


Chris Das Neves, senior history major from Ottawa, 
Canada and self-proclaimed Hillary supporter answered 
the following: 

Q : What is Hillary’s strongest quality as a candidate? 

A: When she gets into an office, she does her job 
incredibly well. She was the most traveled Secretary of State, 
and by the end of her term, the world’s approval rating for the 
U.S. went up by about 1 5 percent. 

Q : What are Hillary’s most significant policies? 

A: Hillary has been fighting for the past 40 years to 
advance the rights of women and children; she truly advocates 
for equal rights and opportunities for all. Also, she favors 
cheaper student loan payments. Though it’s not free college, 
it will help take the stress off of students. 

: Does Hillary’s history of political scandals discredit 
her? 

A: No, because though she has had many missteps which have 
exposed her character flaws, she still has a heavy record of 
past achievement. 




Photos from Creative Commons 

Ben Wiltz, a music graduate student from Krotz Springs, 
LA, answered why he is a Johnson supporter: 

Q : Do you support Gary Johnson merely because you 
are opposed to Trump and Hillary? 

A: No, I support the Libertarian party. Though I know he 
doesn’t have a chance in the actual election. I’m just thinking 
of the long term goal. If the Libertarian party can get 5 
percent of the popular vote, they will get federally funded 
and have the chance to become a more dominant party in the 
future. 

Q : What are Johnson’s most significant policies? 

A: Johnson wants to cut federal spending basically 
across the board. Trump and Hillary both advocate for strong 
central authority, whereas Johnson wants less government 
intervention overall. 


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Fort St. Jean 
Baptiste celebrates 
tricentennial 

page 2 


Is Magonlia 
Plantation Haunted? 


page 3 


Fall Tour of Homes 
features Clementine 
Hunter paintings 

page 5 


Volleyball senior 
talks teamwork 
and life 

page 6 


Student reviews 
Solange Knowles’ 
new album 


page 7 



Photo by Kasi Patten 


Demons win first game of season 



The Demons scored 21 points in the first half of their first win for the season. 


Photo by Gary Hardamon 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

T he Demons won their first football 
game of the season against Kentucky 
Wesleyan, and, with an end score of 
49-7, the players can breathe for the first 
time this semester. 

“This win kind of takes the pressure off,” 
Head Coach Jay Thomas said. 

After a powerful first half of the Oct. 8 
game, wide receiver Shakeir Ryan knew that 
the 21 points scored so far meant that the 
Demons were going to win. 

“I was like, ‘okay I think we got something 
going,’ and that was really the first time we 
ever had momentum going this season,” 
Ryan said. After losing four games prior to 
playing the Panthers, Ryan said that he only 
sees more improvement in the team’s future. 

“Now we know the team that we can be,” 
the senior said. 

Quarterback Brooks Haack said that 
he was proud of the offense’s “electric” 
performance and noted that the defense has 
performed at maximum strength all season. 

“...Offensively, we’ve just kind of hurt 
ourselves; that’s what’s been killing us all 
year,” Haack said. “And I think this week, it 
all just kinda clicked. ” 

The most important aspect of the game is 
teamwork, defensive end JaMarcus Marshall 
said. The Demons have experienced tough 
competition this season, and in order to stay 
balanced, Ryan said that the team “picks each 
other up during hard times.” 

Home team support fueled the Demons 
throughout the game. 

“We enjoy every moment with you guys. 


the fans, the students and the teachers,” 
Marshall said. The senior said that throughout 
the semester, students come up to him and 
say, “Hey, we still got your back; we’re still 
rooting for you guys. ” 

The Demon fan crowd increased for 
this home game because of First Year 
Experience’s annual Family Day celebration. 
Students’ families attended tailgating events 
and the game to support the NSU community. 

When the Demons ran onto the held 
before the game began, NSU students and 
their young siblings were at the tunnel 
welcoming the players. 

“It was a beautiful moment,” Reatha 
Cox, Director of FYE and Leadership 
Development, said. “Those little kids have 
such a great time doing that. ” 

Cox said that the event was only 
possible with the collaboration of multiple 
organizations. Purple Pizzazz Pom Line 
painted faces. Residential Life provided snow 
cones and cotton candy and the NSU Alumni 
Association provided a “real tailgating 
experience” for all attendees. 

“It’s those extra little things that people 
didn’t expect at the tailgate that made it really 
special,” Cox said. 

Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority sister Phelan 
LeBlanc said that her tailgating experience 
felt like “ a big family reunion .’’Asa fre shman , 
she was excited to give her family a taste of 
her sisterhood. 

While the tailgating experience has 
improved for many this semester, Michael 
Mayeux, a senior at the Louisiana School 
for Math, Science, and the Arts, said that the 
location of the celebration caused frustration 
for many LSMSA students. 


“Not even five feet away from my dorm 
room, there’s just a big speaker blasting 
music,” Mayeux said. The housing for 
LSMSA students is next to the new tailgating 
space. 

Additionally, Mayeux said that tailgaters 
are often drinking alcohol, which frustrates 
the LSMSA student because 14 and 1 5 year- 
olds live so close to the space. 

“I totally get that tailgating is fun, but this 
is where I live,” Mayeux said. “I don’t have 
anywhere else to go; this is my home.” 

The high school students have complained 
to their Residential Life Advisor and hope to 
see a change. Mayeux reiterated that he does 
not mind tailgates, but they annoy LSMSA 
residents and often keep him from sleeping 
in the mornings. 

While the celebration continued on. 
Family Day gave families of NSU’s marching 
band a chance to watch their demons perform 
a brand new halftime show. 

Spirit of Northwestern’s John David 
Floyd said that having families there to 
support the team boosted the band’s morale, 
as well as the entire atmosphere of the game. 

“This past weekend was exponentially 
greater having the parents of the football 
players, students and band members 
cheering alongside us,” Floyd said. “Anytime 
the Spirit of Northwestern gets to go into the 
stadium and support the team is always an 
experience that is not easily forgotten.” 

The Demons will play Lamar in Beaumont, 
Texas this weekend and have three home 
games left in the season. Quarterback Haack 
said that he is always grateful for student 
support; the home held advantage boosts the 
team up like nothing else can. 


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Fort St. Jean Baptiste hosts tricentennial 


Students participate in last year’s glow run. 


Photo by Karalee Scouten 


SAB and Intramurals host 5K run 


SGA Minutes 
Oct. 10 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

“Em the hillbilly from Arkansas who was 
never exposed to French,” park manager Justin 
French said, apologizing for his “butchered” 
pronunciation of historical French names. 

French presented at the 300-year 
anniversary of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, a 1716 
military outpost and trading site built by French 
colonists. 

French presented his research on 
topographical measures of where the historic 
fort was located in 18th century Natchitoches. 
The manager estimated that the second 
building of the fort was located where Keyser 
avenue meets Pine street today. 

Two years ago, Natchitoches celebrated 
its tricentennial, and on Oct. 9, it was the 
fort’s turn to commemorate years of historical 
presence. The celebration took place at the 
Fort St. Jean Baptiste historical site, where an 
exact replica of the fort stands as a museum of 
Natchitoches’ past. 

The tricentennial celebration included a 
tour of the replica fort, a live cannon firing 
and a presentation series of the fort's history. 
Historical interpreters gathered around the 
fort to celebrate the day. Interpreters dress in 
historically accurate wear and educate visitors 
about the ways of the past through acting. 

Volunteer interpreter Guy Miller said that 
of the many historical sites he has worked for, 
Baptiste’s importance is the most unique. 

“This is the outpost, the frontier, that 
protected the French from the Spanish,” Miller 
said. “It’s my opinion that without this fort, 
Spain would’ve moved into the interior.” 

Miller explained that if Spain would have 
moved into the fort, the French culture so 
deeply ingrained in Louisiana history might not 
exist today. 

Along with French, interpretative ranger 
for the Louisiana park system Tommy Adkins 
was one of these presenters. Adkins has served 
as an interpreter at the fort for 21 years. 
As interpretive ranger, Adkins trains and 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

SAB teamed up with the Intramural 
department to sponsor a 5k glow run on 
the second day of the 2016 NSU Olympic 
Homecoming Games. The race will begin and 
end at the base of Greek Hill, and starts at 8 
p.m. 

Participants must arrive no later than 15 


minutes before the race starts , and register to get 
abib number to compete. The first 200 finishers 
will receive an event t-shirt. Refreshments will 
be available for all participants at the finish fine. 

This event is considered an Intramural 
event, and points will be awarded according to 
the intramural policy. SAB also asks that no pets 
be brought to the run. 

The run is immediately followed by abonfire. 
Both events are open to all NSU students. 


SGA Minutes 
Oct. 10 

• SGA had their first meeting 
for the stage project initiative, the 
project of building a permanent 
stage on Iberville Green. 

• SGA Vice President 
Tre Nelson appointed the 
new sentators into their new 
department positions. 

• The new parking lot bill was 
read and will be voted on next 
week. 

• SGA is voting on the budget 
for the treasurer next week 



manages the code for 
interpreters at the 
fort. 

“This is the 
perfect job for me,” 

Adkins said. “I’m 
actually able to do for 
a job what I do for a 
hobby.” 

Unlike Adkins, 

Miller has kept 
interpreting as a 
hobby for 30 years 
while working 

other jobs. He 
has volunteered at 
historical sites in 
Alabama, Texas, 

Illinois and Florida. 

Miller said that he 
loves the hobby and 
was always interested 
in U.S. history and 
historical dress 
growingup. 

“This is an 
elegant time period,” 

Miller said, as he 
adjusted his thick, 

$400 historical 
replica coat. “I’d 
dress like every day if I could. It’s a good thing 
that we can't smell that time period, though.” 

Interpreters wear their costumes 
throughout the year, and Adkins said that many 
visitors ask them if they get overheated during 
the summer. Miller and Adkins agreed that it 
can get a little suffocating, but they take out 
their cooler costumes in the heat. 

Most interpreters go by the “ 1 5-foot-rule,” 
Miller said, noting that his coat is machine 
-stitched and not hand-sewn. “If someone from 
that time period saw you from 15 feet away, 
they’d notice nothing funny about you.” 

Adkins said that he always loves having 
visitors at the fort, where “that little bit of what 
fife was like in the 18th century,” exists daily. 


Volunteer Interpreter Guy Williams explains the importance of 
the fort to Louisiana French culture. Photo by Meg Denny 


The site offers a tour, a museum and a picnic 
area on the Cane River. Fort St. Jean also holds 
events throughout the year. 

On Oct. 15, they are hosting a “Crime & 
Punishment” event in the spirit of Halloween. 
From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors will watch 
staff and volunteer interpreters demonstrate 
colonial-era punishments. 

“It’s going to be a little graphic, a little 
scary,” Adkins said. “You know, in colonial 
times they still believed in torture, and it was 
pretty harsh.” 

Adkins said that, for the more “squeamish” 
folks , the fort will put on amoderate presentation 
about colonial punishment practices from 1 
p.m. to 4 p.m. that same day. 






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Above is what used to be the slave quarters at Magnolia Plantation. 


Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 


Is Magnolia Plantation haunted? Some say yes 


TORIA SMITH 

Contributing Reporter 

A lthough the staff at Cane River Creole 
National Historical Park cannot 
offer definite proof that Magnolia 
Plantation is haunted, they invite you to come 
out and decide for yourself. 

The original main house of Magnolia 
Plantation was built in the 1830s, but Union 
Soldiers burned it down in 1864. The current 
house was built in the 1890s. 

While the main house is currently owned by 
the Lecomte-Hertzog family and is not open to 
the public, the rest of the grounds are open to 
visitors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. 

The recent interest in paranormal activity 
at Magnolia Plantation can be traced to the 
discoveries made by a team of archaeologists 
from the University of Houston. This team 
found altered religious medals, a tiny gold 
figurine of a voodoo goddess and upright 
cologne bottles buried near the slave cabins on 
the grounds of Magnolia Plantation. 

Voodoo practitioners believe that conjurers 


can use cologne bottles to steal a person’s good 
luck. 

Dustin Fuqua, the Chief of Resource 
Management for the Cane River Creole National 
Historical Park, said that the discovered 
artifacts were buried in strange places, like 
under doorways and chimneys. 

“That means that they were put there 
intentionally,” he said. “It’s possible that those 
objects were used in voodoo rituals.” 

The voodoo instruments found at Magnolia 
Plantation piqued the interest of ghost hunters. 
In 2009, Ghost Adventures filmed an episode 
at the plantation, and Ghost Brothers did the 
same in April 2016. The Magnolia Plantation 
episodes of both shows are currently available 
online. 

Tommy Adkins, an interpretive ranger at 
Fort St. Jean Baptiste used to participate in 
Civil War reenactments at Magnolia Plantation. 
While reenacting battles, he often found 
himself camping under the oak trees near the 
slave quarters, which made him think about the 
plantation’s history. 

One night, he sat around the campfire with 


the other re-enactors and noticed a light in the 
overseer’s house. “The light looked almost 
electrical,” Adkins said. “But there had been no 
electricity in that house for years.” 

After Adkins noticed the light, it 
disappeared, and he pushed all thoughts of it 
from his mind. Then, it came on for a second 
time. Adkins asked his friends if they saw the 
light, and they all said they did. 

Many of the re-enactors got up to see if 
anyone was in the house, but “no one was 
found, and the source of the light couldn’t be 
determined either,” Adkins said. 

Fuqua said that the family living in the main 
house believes that the ghost of the plantation’s 
overseer moves objects in the house. 

The overseer, Mr. Miller, was shot on the 
porch of Magnolia Plantation’s main house by 
Union soldiers. “When things go missing in the 
house, they say that Mr. Miller took it,” Fuqua 
said. 

The Cane River Creole National Historical 
Park staff do not advertise the potential haunting 
of the plantation because it is a “sensitivity issue 
for descendants,” Fuqua said. 


Police Blotter 

Oct. 5 

•Parking disagreement 

-Parking Lot 30 
-Situation Controlled 

Oct. 6 

•Complaint of animal 
remains 

-Kappa Sigma House 
-Remains removed from 
Chaplin Lake 

•Theft of trailer 

-Southern Jefferson 
-Ongoing 

•Theft of bicycle 

-UP1 

-Ongoing 

Oct. 7 

•Complaint of possible 
fraud 

-Unknown 

-Ongoing 

•Complaint of missing 
friend 

-Police Station walk-in 
-Ongoing 

Oct. 8 

•Simple battery 

-Turpin Stadium 
-Citation issued 

Oct. 9 

•Suspicious person 

-UP1 

-Talking to his girlfriend 

Oct. 10 

•Traffic stop in reference 
to a battery 

-Sam Sibley 
-Ongoing 

•Fight 

-WRAC 

-Gone upon arrival 

•Auto accident 

-UP1 

-Ongoing 


Family of late alumnus creates new financial award 


LEAH JACKSON 

NSU Director of Informational 
Services 

The family of the late John Levenhagen, 
a former non-traditional student, created 
an award through the Northwestern State 
University Foundation to help other older 
students who need financial help to complete 
their degrees. 

Sisters Dorothea Levenhagen, Erika 
Levenhagen, Frieda Stroup and Kristine 
Levenhagen, created an endowed scholarship 
in memory of their brother that will be 
presented to an undergraduate over the age of 
25 majoring in history and/ or liberal arts with a 
2.5 grade point average or higher. 

“The initiative for the endowment was 
because my brother believed in service to 
others,” said Dorothea Levenhagen, who 
initiated the scholarship with contributions 


from other family members. “He believed 
in doing the right thing, always. He loved 
learning, and he had a wonderful time at NSU. 
The smallness of the university allowed for him 
to thrive. He died at age 61 — way too young. 
The family agreed that his money should be 
used to help other struggling older students to 
achieve their dreams.” 

The scholarship will be awarded in the 
Spring 2017 semester. 

“One of John’s favorite poets was Khalil 
Gibran, who wrote ‘Knowledge cultivates your 
seeds and does not sow in your seeds,”’ Erika 
Levenhagen said. 

Frieda Stroup described her brother as a 
person who loved history and was especially 
fascinated by people caught up in extraordinary 
circumstances who changed history by their 
responses or the relationships they created. 

“For John, the U.S. Civil War provided 
the best examples of this paradigm,” she said. 


“He abhorred history books that sanitized 
and rewrote history by excluding specific 
characteristics and events so much that it 
changed fact into fiction. John spent many 
hours searching for letters written by family, 
friends and unedited works of the author’s 
voice to tell the real history for better or worse. ” 
John Levenhagen considered it an 
extraordinary opportunity for him, a high 
school drop-out with a GED, to study for a 
bachelor’s degree. 

“He was an older student out of the 
classroom for more than 10 years,” Stroup 
said. “He had to learn to balance school and 
work. There were many times that he only 
had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the 
end of the month. Yet, as difficult as those 
four years were, John felt they were the best 
years of his life. This ordinary man was given 
a second chance in an educational setting that 
challenged him in ways we are still learning of 


now after his death. They gave him hope, gave 
him standing in his community and restored 
his dignity so he could stand in front of his 
family with pride again.” 

“Northwestern State works very hard to 
accommodate our non-traditional students 
who are working and/or raising families 
while earning their degrees,” said NSU 
Development Officer Tiffany Chasteen. 
“These students are so inspiring because of 
the sacrifices they make with their time and 
resources and this scholarship may provide 
some financial assistance to a deserving 
student. We are so grateful to the Levenhagan 
family and all the supporters of NSU who 
step up and contribute gifts that benefit our 
students.” 

For information on the NSU Foundation 
or how to establish a scholarship in memory of 
a loved one, contact NSU’s Office of Alumni 
and Development at (318) 357-4414. 




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UPCOMING EVENTS 

“Young Frankenstein” 

A.A. Fredericks Auditorium 
7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-15 

The Haunted Museum 

Rebel State Historic Site 
7 p.m. Oct. 14-15 

Crime and Punishment 

Ft. St. Jean Baptiste 
8 p.m. Oct. 15 

Community Empowerment Session 

Natchitoches Arts Center 
10 a. m. Oct. 16 

Cane River Reading Series 

President’s Room 
6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 



NSU Chamber Orchestra performance 

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 

6 p.m. Oct. 18 

Modern in Motion 

Sweet Cane Inn 

7 p.m. Oct. 18 

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Vocalist returns to stage in showcase 


TORIA SMITH 

Contributing Reporter 

G raduate student Juliana Handy has 
studied with vocal professor Terrie 
Sanders since January 2015, and the 
two will collaborate in a showcase of Handy's 
for the City of Natchitoches. 

CAPA professor Sanders said she has 
enjoyed seeing Juliana’s growth as a vocalist 
and admires her voice’s “stunning, 
unique color.” 

Handy will perform everything from 
classical arias to Celtic folk songs. People 
who attended performances of The Magic 
Flute will be able to hear Juliana perform 
“O Zittre Nicht” as the Queen of the 
Night once again. 

Handy’s showcase is part of a series of 
performances that support Northwestern 
Opera Theatre Ensemble. 

Sanders will accompany Handy on the 
piano for this performance. 

“I’m excited to be a small part of 
Juliana’s journey,” Sanders said. “I see a 
bright future for her, and I think people 
need to hear her voice.” 

Handy anticipates many auditions 
and competitions in her future. She 
will attend a competition hosted by the 
National Association of Teachers of 
Singing (NATS) in November and plans 
to audition for the Metropolitan Opera 
soon after. 

“The more experience, the better,” 


Handy said. “Performing allows me to fine- 
tune my craft and helps me to get my name out 
there.” 

After graduating in May 2017, Handy 
hopes to earn her Doctorate of Musical Arts. 

The performance will be held on Oct. 1 1 
from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the student union 
ballroom. Tickets are $5 with a student ID 
and $10 without a student ID and will be 
available at the door. 



Graduate student Juliana Handy performs in 
The Magic Flute. Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 



D’nissa and Trace Hester perform at Maglieaux’s on a Saturday night. 

Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 

Husband and wife duo entertains locals 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

When she’s not giving voice lessons or 
making cameo appearances in the annual 
Christmas Gala, you can catch NSU’s music 
and voice instructor D’nissa Hester performing 
locally with her husband Trace. 

D’nissa and Trace Hester have played sets 
together at various restaurants and venues in 
Natchitoches since 2014. The couple delves 
into a variety of decades, depending on the age 
demographic of their audience. 

The couple enjoys music from the ‘90s; 
some of their favorite music to cover is from 
| bands like Blues Traveler and 4 Non-Blondes. 

1 The two occasionally perform original music 
* that T race wrote for his college band. The Front 
Street Project. 

The duo performs weekly at various venues 
on Natchitoches’ historic Front Street. 

“When we perform outside at Maglieaux’s, 
we really feel like we can let loose and it’s more 
fun,” D’nissa said. “You get to see people not 
only at Maglieaux’s, but people at The Pub are 
^ listening and enjoying as well. ” 


The couple has also played at fundraising 
events for the school and will appear at an 
upcoming wine dinner on the Cane River on 
Nov. 19. 

The two started off with only 20 songs 
in their set, but in the few years they’ve been 
playing, the list expanded to approximately 
400. 

If they can find the time, the duo said that 
they hope to write original music in the future. 

A little over a year ago, the two added a new 
member to the family, their daughter Zelda. 
D’nissa used to take Zelda to the duo’s gigs, 
carrying her in a sling. 

“Until she walked, it was very easy and 
everyone thought it was adorable,” D’nissa 
said. “For her, she loves music.” 

Even though the couple began performing 
because they both love music, the gigs soon 
became another source of income to pay for 
babysitters and other baby-related expenses, 
D’nissa said. 

You can catch the couple performing every 
other Friday at The Landing from 7-9 p.m., 
and every other Saturday at Maglieaux’s from 
7-9:30 p.m. 


Local green market returns for fall 


JOSHUA FONTENOT 

, A&L Editor 

Natchitoches residents who are looking to 
reap the benefits of buying their produce locally 
i are in luck this fall. 

I The Cane River Green Market will kick 
off the fall 6 1 6 season Oct. 1 5 with a variety 
[ of locally produced goods. Among fruits and 
' vegetables , market goers can find baked goods , 
| farm fresh eggs, jams, honey, and hand-crafted 
1 woodwork and j ewelry . 

ji The market will be at the downtown 
riverbank and gives residents the opportunity 
| to support farmers in the community while 
enjoying free zumba classes, live music and 
activities to keep children busy while parents 
visit local vendors. 


To make the event more accessible to 
the community, government programs such 
as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program(SNAP), Women, Infants, and 
Children (WIC), and Senior Farmers 
Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) 
vouchers will be accepted along with usual 
paying methods. 

Those wishing to sell produce and goods 
at the market are encouraged to submit 
a vendor application for $15 at www. 
canerivergreenmarket.com and receive a 
space upon approval. 

For more information on the Cane 
River Green Market, how to become a 
vendor and sponsorship opportunities, 
please call (318) 352-2746 or visit 
the Cane River Green Market website. 




arts & Living 


5 



Senior music business major James Leach plays vibraphone in the jazz orchestra. 

Photo by Alec Horton 


Orchestra honors dedicated supporter 

the Jazz Orchestra in the last 10 or so years 
of his life, and we really wanted to pay him 
some honor," Rodriguez said. "Everything 
that we’re doing is really in keeping with 
instruments that this man performed with or 
enjoyed and admired.” 

F.B. Ward was mainly a saxophonist and 
pianist, and many of the featured solos will 
reflect that. , 

Kazue Seo, a Japanese international 
student, is featured in the performance. Seo 
will play a solo on the flugelhorn, an instrument 
much enjoyed by Ward. Also featured is 
Ronald Rodriguez, a Colombian international 
student who will play a solo on the piano . 

Seo said that the pieces they are performing 
require work, but it all pays off on concert day. 

“I think the people in the community will . 
enjoy a new perspective of jazz music being I 
played by students who come from all over , 
the world,” Seo said. “Jazz was born here in jl 
Louisiana, and I think people will be interested \ 
to hear our interpretation, coming from | 
outside of that culture . ” 

The performance is held on October 12 at 
7 : 30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission to f 
the concert is free and open to the public, but 1 
donations will be accepted for the F.B. Ward 
Jazz Scholarship atNSU. 


LYDIA WILLIAMS 

Contributing Reporter 

NSU’s Jazz Orchestra will be honor one of 
it's biggest supporters throughout the years, 
F.B. Ward, with its upcoming performance 
directed by Mr. Galindo Rodriguez. 

The concert is dedicated to the memory of 
Ward, a jazz musician and longtime supporter 
of the Jazz Orchestra. 

“Mr. Ward came to every performance of 



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Fall Tour of Homes to 
feature painting exhibition 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

T his year’s Fall Tour of Homes is the 
largest Clementine Hunter art exhibition 
in history. The tour and exhibition will 
commence Oct. 14, 15 and 16. These paintings 
are privately held by several families and rarely 
displayed. 

While guests of the tour visit these historic 
homes they will also have the opportunity to 
view the exhibition of Hunter’s Paintings. 

Henri Dee Williams was one of the 
earliest collectors of Hunter’s work. This 
tour celebrates the 100th anniversary of her 
marriage to Walter Alcock and the purchase by 
her father, J.H. Williams, of the Soldini House 
in 1916. 

Justin Norman, the great, great grandson 
of Henri Dee Williams, lives in the Soldini 
house with his husband, Gary Cathey. They 
have maintained the house’s features since its 
purchase in 1 9 1 6 and enjoy sharing the history 
of Norman’s family during the tour of the 
Soldini House. 

In addition to the Hunter paintings, items on 
display at the Soldini house will include Henri 
Dee’s original wedding dress and china. The 
couple received a wedding gift from Alcock’ s 
parents that included a chest of gold which they 
used to purchase some the of the furniture that 
decorates the home today. 

Henri Dee’s brother, R.B. Williams, married 
Ora Garland who 
played the piano 
at the Presbyterian 
Church when she 
was a student at 
NSU in the early 
1930s. Through 
the church she met 
Cami Henry who 
owned Melrose 
Plantation. 

Garland would 
bring her young 
daughter, Ann, 
when she visted 
Cami at Melrose. 

While visiting, the 
child met Hunter 
and spent time 
stringing together 
buttons for the 
artist. 

The Ann and 
Jack Brittain Family 
collection that will 
be on display at 
The Lemee House 
contains works from 
three collections: 

Garland, Brittain 
and Francois 
Mignon. Mignon 
was an art critic with 
restricted sight, but 
was the first to put 


into writing that Hunter painted on cardboard 
boxes when he wrote about her in his journal on 
December 19, 1939. 

When Mignon died in 1980, he left his 
collection of Hunter paintings to Garland to 
thank her for taking care of him during the last 
years of his life. When Garland died in 1984, 
she left her collection and Mignon’ s collection 
of Hunter paintings to her daughter, Ann. 

Two of Hunter’s pieces from this collection 
are large panels that were sent to Houston, 
Texas for restoration. In 1 970 the Henry family 
sold Melrose Plantation and auctioned off these 
panels. 

The panels were donated back to the 
plantation and two anonymous benefactors paid 
for their restoration. This will be the first time 
these paintings will be displayed to the public 
since their restoration. 

Floral Hunter paintings will be on display in 
Jeanne’s Country Garden, located between the 
Soldini House and Lemee House. These pieces 
were hand-selected from several collections. 
Two of the floral Hunter paintings that will be 
on display here are privately owned by NSU’s 
Tom Whitehead, a consultant to the office of 
the president. 

The tour will conclude at The Jefferson 
Street Townhouse where the Melder Family 
Collection of Hunter paintings will be on 
display. This collection will include a piece 
painted by Hunter as a wedding gift to the 
family. 



Parrish and Whitehead unpack the newly restored Clementine 
Hunter mural. photo b Y Airro1 Angelle 





6 


sports 


Coach leaves NSU for LSUA 





Adam Jonson started his new job as the LSUA Athletic Director on Oct. 8. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

T he senior associate athletic director at 
NSU, Adam Jonson, will become the 
first ever athletics director for Louisiana 
State University in Alexandria. 

Jonson worked at Northwestern State 
for three years before making the move to 
Alexandria. Jonson said he is “extremely 
happy” for the opportunity to become the 
athletic director for LSUA. 

“I know Pm prepared for the job, and I can’t 
wait to get started,” Jonson said. “I want to do 
great things at LSUA.” 

NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke said 
that Jonson has worked hard, and that NSU is 


“certainly going to miss him. ” 

Adam Jonson, who’s first day on the job was 
Oct. 8, said that he was honored to be chosen 
as the new athletic director, and he doesn’t take 
the job lightly. 

Some of his new responsibilities include 
scheduling games and events, managing the 
athletic budget and making sure players abide 
by academic guidelines. 

LSUA has eight intercollegiate sports that 
compete in the Red River Athletic Conference. 

“As a senior athletic director, Adam Jonson 
has done a lot of work behind the scenes,” 
Burke said. “He goes below the radar, but that’s 
what makes him so good I think. He’s going to 
have a lot more responsibility, but I know he’s 
prepared.” 


DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 

October 


THU 

13 


Volleyball vs UNO 
7 p.m. 


FRI 

14 


Women’s Tennis at ITA 
Regionals 

Women’s Soccer at Texas A&M 
Corpus Christi, 

7 p.m. 


SAT 

15 


Women’s Tennis at ITA 
Regionals 

Women’s Cross Country at 
Choctaw Trails 
8:30 a.m. 


Men’s Cross Country at 
Choctaw Trails 
9: 15 a.m. 


Volleyball vs Southeastern 
I p.m. 



Oct. 6-11 


Athletic Scores 

Volleyball 

1 0/6 LOSS vs. Houston Baptist I -3 

1 0/8 WIN vs. Lamar 3-2 

Soccer 

I0/7WIN vs. Sam Houston State 3-2 

Football 

10/8 WIN vs. Kentucky Wesleyan 49-7 


DEMON 

INTRAMURALS 


Softball at Louisiana Tech 
I p.m. 


Football at Lamar 
6 p.m. 


SUN 

16 


Women’s Tennis at ITA 
Regionals 

Women’s Soccer at Houston 
Baptist 
I p.m. 


MON 

17 


Women’s Tennis at ITA 
Regionals 


The full schedule for Demon sports 
can be found at nsudemons.com 


October 


THU 

13 


Singles Badminton, WRAC 
Gyms, 5:30 p.m. 


TUES 

18 


Homecoming 5K Glow Run, 
Iberville Green, 8 p.m. 


The full schedule for intramural 
sports can be found at wrac.nsula. 
edu/demon-intramurals/ 


Volleyball senior Natalie Jaeger talks teamwork and leadership 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

Q: As a senior player, how do 
you help lead your team through 
victories and losses during the season? 

A: I think the biggest thing I contribute 
as a senior is my leadership ability and my 
past experience here on the team. I have both 
won and lost matches over the four years, 
some bad, but some good as winning the 
conference championship. I try to draw on 
those experiences to make us better as a team. 

Q: What is different this season, from last? 

A: Compared to last season, there is 
a greater level of confidence and comfort 
both on and off the court. Being able to 
have had an entire year to practice with our 
coaching staff gave us the ability to work 


on more specific things and really solidify 
ourselves as a team. That confidence and 
bond is really working out for us this year. 
We believe in the system and each other 
and remind ourselves of that all the time. 

Q: How does the student and 
faculty support fuel the team? 

A: We couldn’t be more thankful for our 
fans and the constant support that they show 
us. Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a 
big increase in fan turnout which we really are 
grateful for. There’s nothing more awesome 
than being able to play at home in front of 
everyone who shows you so much support. 

Q: What do you wish 

people knew about your team? 

A: I wish people knew that we were 
interested in things other than volleyball. 
Obviously, we love playing the sport, but 


there’s such a stereotype attached to 
athletics sometimes in the aspect that 
people think all we care about is our 


sport. But we all have a really diverse 
range of interests and collectively are 
just one big pack of fun-loving weirdos. 



As a senior member of the team, Natalie Jaeger contributes her past experience and 
her leadership skills. photo b y Gar y Hardamon 




opinions 


7 


HALLOWEEN: evil or just plain fun? 


SHANIA DAUTERIVE 

Contributing Reporter 

W ith pumpkin spice in almost 

everyone’s drink, people itching 
for the cold weather to come and 
costumes already on the racks at Walmart, the 
“hallow” season is quickly approaching. But 
who exactly celebrates Halloween? Is it pure evil 
or pure joy? 

Before I give my opinion on the matter, let’s 
travel back in time to see where Halloween came 
from. 

According to halloweenhistory.org, the 
holiday has its origins in the ancient Celtic 
festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah- 
win”). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of 
the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. 

The ancient Gaels believed that on Oct. 

3 1 , the boundaries between the worlds of the 
living and the dead overlapped and the deceased 
would come back to life and cause havoc, such 
as sickness or damaged crops. 

Later in history, different cultures such 
as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and 


America have influenced Halloween for how 
it’s known today. Now, children of the world go 
around dressed up in scary costumes and receive 
candy from their communities. 

But where does the “evil” of this holiday 
come into play? 

Senior psychology major Zhaquan Porter 
believes that maybe it’s the scary scenery 
and ghoulish costumes that don’t help the 
stereotype. 

“When people dress up in a scary manner, 
it really gives off a bad impression about how 
Halloween is evil when it’s really not,” Porter 
said. 

Sophomore nursing major Hannah Spicer 
is truly passionate about Halloween and loves 
every minute of it. 

“Even though I was brought up in the 
church, I always loved Halloween,” Spicer said. 
“Being somebody that I’m not for a day is really 
a unique and fun holiday. ” 

Spicer also recalled the traditions her family 
shares during All Hollow’s Eve. 

“We all dress up and take pictures, then 
head over to my grandma’s house because 


she throws a big party, and my Dad makes his 
famous chili,” Hannah said. “It’s the only time 
he makes it, and I look forward to it every year. ” 

However, mother of two Roxanne Jones 
explained why she refuses to let herself and her 
children celebrate the so-called evil holiday. 

“My belief is that it is a holiday for Satan 
and his followers,” Jones said. “Many parents 
say they choose not to dress up their kids in 
the scary, ghoulish and demonic costumes. My 
thought is that, whether they’re dressed up or 
not, if they participate it’s still not right.” 

Even though Jones’s family doesn’t celebrate 
the holiday, she still makes accommodations for 
her children. 

“Sometimes we may just catch a movie or 
just have family time together,” Jones said. “The 
way I tell my kids is that I buy candy every day, 
all year long, and they are not going around to 
a stranger’s house begging for candy. It’s too 
dangerous.” 

For someone that grew up in a similar 
household, junior biology major Kylan Poullard 
knows what it’s like to not grow up celebrating 
Halloween. 


“My grandmother always said it was the 
devil’s holiday,” Poullard said. “Instead we 
would attend ‘Hallelujah Day’ at church. It was 
always filled with games, abible lesson and of 
course, candy.” 

Poullard never dressed up for Halloween 
or went trick-or-treating because her grandma 
thought it was too dangerous. 

I think that you should respect your 
household’s decision on what to and what not 
to celebrate. At the end of the day, you should 
give your provider of food and shelter that 
amount of honor. 

But when it comes to Halloween, I believe 
that it is only as evil as you make it. In the 
traditions today, Halloween is for children to 
enjoy being their favorite rock star, cartoon 
character or their role model in life. They can 
walk around the neighborhood with friends, 
family and loved ones to receive their favorite 
sweet treats. 

If you don’t like Halloween, that’s 
completely fine, but don’t make it suck for 
others that enjoy the holiday. Everyone is 
different, and that is the world we live in today. 


RACHAEL COYNE 

Contributing Illustrator 




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Knowles empowers her community with new album 



“A Seat at the Table” by Solange Knowles 


JOSHUA FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

Three years have gone by since Solange 
Knowles last graced the music scene with 
her artistic vision. That all changed on 
Sept. 30 with the release of her fourth 
album, A Seat at the Table. 

Knowles has dipped her feet in many 
genres through the years. Her 2003 release 
Solo Star embodied what everyone seemed 
to love about hip-hop in the early 2000s 
(and rightfully so considering Timbaland, a 
powerhouse at the time, produced it). 

In 2008, Knowles released Sol- Angel 
and the Hadley Street Dreams, this time 
expressing her clear passion for the soulful 
funk feel of the ‘60s. Although falling short 
of critics’ wants, Knowles was clear that 
her music centered around the themes of 
personal growth and expression. 

In 2012, she fused together her 


existing funky vibes with a pop feel 
resulting in the rather successful EP 
entitled True. During this era, we saw 
Knowles completely come into her own; 
she gave us music to dance around to in 
empty parking lots while we questioned our 
relationships. 

However, A Seat at the Table is miles 
away from the groove driven empire she has 
built in the past. This go around, Knowles 
put away her dancing shoes and created 
an album aimed directly at both the joys 
and tribulations of being a black woman in 
2016. 

Knowles gets personal, raw and is not 
afraid to speak out on recent tragedies that 
have shaken the black community to its 
core. 

In “Weary,” the second track of the 
album, she sings, “Em weary of the ways 
of the world. Be weary of the ways of the 
world.” She lets out her words with such a 


gentle and emotion filled sound that you 
can feel the exhaustion and contempt she 
feels for the surrounding environment. 

“Don’t touch my hair” addresses 
individuals longing to put their hands 
through her hair as if she is something of 
a spectacle. 

Throughout the album, we see 
interludes such as “Dad was Mad,” “Tina 
Taught Me,” and “This Moment,” all 
paying tribute to the struggles of the 
black community. 

Knowles is offering the black 
community comfort with this album. 

She attempts to ease the minds of the 
doubtful and shows them that their 
struggles are noticed and will be brought 
to light. 

“A Seat at the Table” tells a story that 
needs to be heard in today’s society. The 
story of pride, hurt, exhaustion, healing 
and self-love. 















OCTOBER 17 -EE 


Opening Ceremonies 

Kick-Off" Party 


Boozman Oak Alley nam-2pm 


Tues 

Olympic Track & Field 

5k Run & Bonfire 

Greek Hill 

8:00pm 

Wed 

NSU Olypmic Games 

Iberville Green 

4:00pm 

Thurs 

Olymp-Sync A. A. Fredericks Auditorium 

Lip sync competition Ft. EH440 

6:00pm 

Fri 

Medal Ceremony 

HC Parade & Pep-Rally 

Front Street 

5:30pm 


Sat 


Closing Ceremonies 

Football Tailgate 


Turpin Stadium 


3:00pm 


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ON THE BALLOT: 


YOUR COLLEGE TUITION 



Over 2,000 students gathered on the front steps of the state capital in Baton Rouge in response to budget cuts to higher 
education. Louisiana State Senator Jay Luneau said the rally sparked discussions in the offices and dinning room of the 
Senate. Photo by Ashley Wolf 


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The Demons fight 
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Homecoming game 


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NSU Tuition and Fees 


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Data retrieved from UL System database 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-In-Chief 

L ouisiana is one of only two states 
that requires legislative approval 
to change tuition and fees for 
higher education, and Louisiana is the 
only state where the legislature must 
vote by a two-thirds majority. 

However, because of Amendment 
No. 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot, registered 
voters in Louisiana will decide if higher 
education management boards will have 
the autonomy to set tuition rates without 
legislative approval like the other 48 
states in the nation. 

Because the 

state funds less than 
30 percent of the 
resources to colleges 
and universities, 
NSU President and 
future President of 
the University of 
Louisiana System 
Dr. Jim Henderson 
said that it’s time to 
“review the policy 
environment and 
restructure the 

bureaucracy so that it 
is student-focused.” 

Henderson said 
that the legislative 
approval requirement 
causes the process of 
adjusting tuition and 


2014 


2015 


fee amounts to be “overly cumbersome,” 
adding that the higher education 
management boards that oversee 
Louisiana’s four public university 
systems can better serve the needs of the 
students and universities because the 
boards of around 15 people meet nine 
to 10 times a year to discuss the specific 
needs and problems affecting the 
students and colleges in their university 
systems. 

Comparitively, the legislature, which 
consists of over 100 members, meets at 
an annual regular session to discuss “all 
acts of state government ranging from 
the fee of drivers’ licenses to which roads 
need to be prepared to the state budget.” 

Henderson also said that, since the 
managements boards are closer to the 
problems of universities, they are able to 
take a more “laser-like approach” with 
their decisions. 

“[The management boards] are 
far more in touch with the needs of 
their particular universities,” one 
of the Louisiana State Senators for 
the Natchitoches Parish, Senator Jay 
Luneau, said. “I just think that the 
legislature is really kind of groping in 
the dark.” 

Henderson also said that legislative 
approval makes higher education 
decisions “subect to the political whims 
of the day.” 

Senator Luneau said that, as much 
legislators try to remove themselves 
from their own biases about voting for 
or against tuition increases, politics 


are involved - although not necessarily 
in a “bad connotation” - because that’s 
the “nature” of what they do in the 
legislature. 

Louisiana State Senator Gerald 
Long said that he has seen no evidence 
of political agendas affecting decisions 
concerning higher education. 

If Amendment No. 2 passes, 
universities may increase the cost of some 
of their degree programs to increase 
quality and resources and compete with 
other universities. While Henderson 
and Senators Luneau and Long believe 
that competition will increase quality 
and provide students with more choices, 
some who oppose the amendment worry 
that raising tuition for certain degree 
programs could discourage low-income 
and minority students from pursuing 
certain career paths. 

Senator Luneau said that, in theory, 
this is a logical concern, but in reality, 
“higher education is a business” that 
will have to cater to their “consumers” 
or the students’ financial needs to “sell 
their product.”. He also said that 90 
percent of all state degree programs can 
be found at multiple state colleges that 
could provide less costly options. 

“Students need to educate themselves 
on these issues,” Henderson said. 
“I think it’s so important for college 
students to have a voice on this issue... 
because you are the future... and these 
decisions affect your ability to contribute 
to that future.” 





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NSU tradition of Homecoming 


CAROLA COLON 

Contributing Reporter 

T he new 2016 Homecoming Queen will 
begin her reign at the homecoming 
football game on Oct. 22, which means 
she has a lot to do before her official coronation. 

The queen-to-be, senior Leighann Westfall, 
said that many NSU students do not have a 
“clear impression” of the responsibilities of the 
homecoming king and queen. 

“I didn’t even know exactly what it entailed 
until I got on court and became queen,” 
Westfall said. “I didn’t know all the stuff I 
would get to do and the stuff that I would be 
responsible for.” 

The Homecoming King and Queen’s 
responsibilities includes making appearences 
to represent NSU, organizing homecoming 
week, directing the Lip Sync competition, 
raising funds for the service project of their 
choice and speaking on campus to promote 
school spirit. 

Westfall said that homecoming is not just 
about school representation; it also helps the 
court members build their resumes for future 
jobs. 

“I think it boosts my resume just because it 
shows that I’m well-liked by the community and 
I can take on a higher leadership role, and that I 
have the professionalism to represent a student 
body,” Westfall said. 

In order to be nominated for Homecoming 


Court, potential members must excel in 
academics, be a junior or senior in completed 
hours and receive nominations from at least 
four different student organizations. 

During homecoming week, court members 
participate in various activities and compete for 
the votes of the whole student body. 

Alexie White, SAB representative and 
member of the Homecoming Week planning 
committee, said the list of activities includes the 
following events: the Homecoming Kick-Off 
Party, the 5K Glow Run and Bonfire at Greek 
Hill, the NSU Olympic Games, the annual Lip 
Sync Competition, the Friday Medal Ceremony 
with a parade and a pep rally that follows, and 
finally, the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday 
with the homecoming game against McNeese at 
Turpin Stadium. 

Westfall said that homecoming is an 
important time to show appreciation for alumni 
because “they do a lot for campus and for 
scholarships...” 

Homecoming court member Abby Hinds 
defines homecoming as “the chance for faithful 
alumnae to come back and celebrate the bond 
that ties them together— which is being an NSU 
Demon.” 

The homecoming game is at Turpin Stadium 
on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. The 2016 Homecoming 
King and Queen will be crowned during the 
halftime break. 

For more information about the game and 
ticket availability visit, nsudemons.com 


i 

iP DEMONS SUPPORT DEMONS HOSTS WEEK OF ACTION 

Participate in the national “It’s On Us” Week of Action to end 
sexual misconduct in our communities. 


Monday, Oct. 24 

Demon Speed Dating 
7 p.m. President’s Room 


Tuesday, Oct. 25 

Slut Walk 
11:30- 1 p.m. 

Kyser Brickway to Student Union 




Wednesday, Oct. 26 

Sign the Pledge! 

10-2 p.m. Student Union 




SGA Minutes Oct. 17 

- NSU’s Shreveport campus 
SGA is deliberating on a bill 
that would allow Shreveport 
students to vote in the 
Homecoming elections of Fall 
2017. 

- SGA approved their 
$83,000 budget, which will be 
online within a week. 

- During Halloweek, SGA 
will host a screening of “The 
Purge: Election Year.” 

- On Nov. 8, SGA will 
host an election party in the 
union. One room will be for 
Republican supporters, and the 
other will be for Democrats. 

Fox News and CNN will be put 
on in the respective rooms for 
students to celebrate election 
day. 


- SGA passed a bill that 
calls for a color coded parking 
system for Fall of 201 7. 

- SGA discussed the current 
football tailgating area and its 
possible relocation. LSMSA 
students live in a building close 
to the current spot. 

- President John Pearce 
suggested that SGA write a 
bill to say that SGA does not 
tolerate the harassment of 
students, referring to a few 
complaints about the advances 
of Sodexo and construction 
workers. “This isn’t strictly 

a Student Affairs issue, this 
is a student issue,” Pearce 
said. “Students shouldn’t feel 
uncomfortable.” 

- Vice President Tre Nelson 
agreed with Pearce and urged 
the senate to take action. “It’s 
definitely a thing, and it’s been 
going on for awhile,” Nelson 
said. “As SGA, we should take a 
stand in ending that.” 





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Henderson passes pitchfork in 2017: What’s next for NSU? 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

P resident Barrack Obama is not the 
only leader leaving office-NSU’s 
own President Jim Henderson will 
pass his presidential pitchfork on Jan. 
1 when he becomes the University of 
Louisiana System President. 

NSU students not only wonder what’s 
next for their country, but what comes next 
for their university. The search for the 
new president will begin, but Henderson 
said that an interim president will fill the 
position for the spring semester. 

“The process can seem like it takes a 
long and that there are a lot of steps, but 
it’s very, very important in order for all 
stakeholders to have ownership of that 
selection and select the best fit for this 
university,” Henderson said. 

Because one of the chief roles of the 
ULS President is to identify and recruit 
leadership for the nine universities in the 
system, Henderson will play a key role in 
selecting the next NSU president. Within 
the next two months, the ULS board will 
meet to discuss the vacant role of interim 
president as well as the search for the new 
president. 

The board will also select a committee 
consisting of board members, NSU faculty 
and alumni to aid in the selection process 


and set a timeline for appointing the new 
president. 

Regarding how long it will take for 
the board to select a new president, 
Henderson said that the search will most 
likely begin in January and in the most 
“reasonable case scenario,” end with 
an official selection by July 1. Major 
administrative transitions usually happen 
before the start of the new fiscal year. 

Until then, the UL board will work 
closely with Henderson and a leadership 
team consisting of NSU’s vice presidents, 
deans, faculty senate president and SGA 
president to fill the vacant position of 
interim president before the spring 
semester. 

In his remaining months as president, 
Henderson said he is ensuring that NSU 
continues to thrive after his departure. 
Specifically, he wants to secure the 
completion of current facility projects 
and solidify the ground work for future 
campus projects. 

Henderson has already instigated the 
purchase of the new furniture in the union 
and the building of the repelling tower. 
Currently, the library is being renovated, 
and a road project is slated to begin in May 
the day after graduation. 

To ensure academic success, 
Henderson is forming a plan to bring 
NSU’s four deans together to form a 
council of academic officers. Henderson 


said most colleges operate with their 
deans as the academic leaders. 

“I believe we need to identify a 
key leader in the academic mission,” 
Henderson said. “...We don’t do that, and 
that’s an approach that fits my leadership 
style very well. We will make an adjustment 
to that and probably some smaller things 
like that.” 

With his ULS presidency only a few 
months away, Henderson has begun to 
think of ways he can help college students 
in the whole UL system. 

“First and foremost, [I want to] restore 
some balance to the way we fund our 
universities,” Henderson said. The state 
used to fund 70 percent 
of students schooling 
with students paying 30 
percent; this is now the 
opposite. 

While Henderson 
said there will not be 
an immediate change 
to tuition, he is 
brainstorming plans 
to alleviate the cost in 
other areas, specifically 
with textbook costs. 

Henderson and 
the ULS Board are 
leading an OER, Open 
Educational Resource, 
that uses peer reviewed. 


quality textbooks. This removes the 
traditional publisher route from the 
equation, dramatically lowering prices. 

Regarding university expenses, 
Henderson’s “chief priority” is to 
“leverage the power of nine universities 
to lower the cost of university’s 
administrative functions and back office 
operations,” and use those savings to 
improve the quality of education and 
student experience. 

“Finally, [I plan on] being an advocate 
for a permanent solution to TOPS and a 
restoration in the investments in higher 
education,” Henderson said. 



Opinion: New furniture is less functional 

AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 


New furniture was placed in the lobby of 
the Student Union on Oct. 4, and three days 
later, tragedy struck; a brand new lobby chair 
was found with one of its legs broken. 

A student worker in Union Room 214, 
Anthony Cannata, posted a picture of the 
damaged chair to the Northwestern State 
Student Concerns page. In the post, he 
informed NSU students that it will now be 
against the rules to move the Union furniture. 

Students' comments began to stack 
below Cannata’ s original post. They ranged 
from “the furniture is not well crafted” 
to “STUDENTS CAN’T KEEP THINGS 
NICE.” 

We were assured by Yonna Pasch at 
this year’s OrgSync meeting, and again by 
Cannata in his replies below the post, that 
the new furniture in the Union lobby was 
extremely expensive. 

When asked to provide the actual price 
of the furniture, Pasch replied, "I, along with 
the students that I work with and even my 
students I teach, are very excited about the 
new furnishings and now new carpet for the 
space." 

"It looks so good, don’t you think? I 
hope the students, faculty and staff appreciate 
all that Mr. Pasch, the facility crew, and 
contractors have done to make our union 


look amazing. It sure has transformed into 
something very modern, sleek and refreshing. 
Anyway, that’s not the reason why you emailed 
me." 

I do not doubt that a lot of money was 
spent on this new furniture. Just because it 
was expensive does not necessarily mean it is 
high quality. I mean, the new furniture looks 
cute; it looks like furniture out of a magazine 
shoot. 

However, I do not attend a college that 
exists in a magazine. I go to a functioning 
college where every amenity should be fully 
functional. If the furniture can no longer be 
moved to accommodate the needs of students 
using the space, then the furniture is no 
longer fully functional. 

For example, all the tables are occupied 
by students eating their meals from Vic’s, 
and I am often in the Student Union between 
classes doing homework on my laptop. 

There are no hard surface coffee tables for 
me to rest my computer. There are only a few 
ottomans awkwardly placed at a distance from 
the chairs, and it would be uncomfortable for 
me to reach my computer while I am sitting 
down. 

On top of that, I am not allowed to move 
the ottoman or the chair to make a comfortable 
workspace for myself. Now, I have to find a 
new place to work. And by the time I find a 
new workspace, it is time to leave for class and 
my assignment is not finished. 


I know a lot of you may read that and 
think, “Well you should have done your work 
at home.” To those people, I would like to 
say congratulations on your perfect life. I am 
happy that you can plan everything out, and 
nothing ever interrupts your plans. Not every 
student lives such a perfect life, but they still 
deserve accommodations. 

Speaking of perfect students, the new 
furniture is arranged in a nice pattern that 
cannot be altered. The problem is, the number 
of students in a group does not always fit in 
that perfect pattern. 

So now what? Student interest groups 
that meet in the Union lobby cannot have 
more than six members or else they will have 
to sit on the floor or sit in two different areas, 
forcing them to shout at each other just so 
they can have a conversation. 

It really speaks volumes to the students 
when new things are chosen for us - without 
all of us in mind. How disconnected from 
the real lives of students are these decision- 
makers when they fail to consider how 
students actually use the Union? 

I do not believe students are as ungrateful 
about the new furniture as posts on the 
concerns page make them seem. No one 
is purposefully breaking Union furniture. 
I think students are using the new Union 
furniture the same way Union furniture has 
always been used. This furniture may simply 
be less durable. 


Police Blotter 

10/11 

• Person In Closet 

-UP1 

- No Intruder Found 

• Vehicle Keyed 

- Kyser Hall 

- Ongoing 

• Suspicious Person 

- Kyser Hall 

- Gone Upon Arrival 

10/12 

• Noise Complaint 

-UP2 

- Handled by Officer 

10/13 

• Mentally Disturbed Person 

- NSUPD 
-NPD Called 

10/14 

• Possible Missing Person 

- Tarlton 

- Ongoing 

• Suspicious Person 

- Fieldhouse 
-Ongoing 

10/16 

• Complaint of Unwanted Persons 

- Kappa Sigma 
-All Visitors Gone 




arts & Living 



Leonard Harris (left), Skilynn Fontenot (middle) and Matt Petty (right) perform in the fourth annual Modern In Motion, held at the 
Sweet Cane Inn on Washington Street. Photos by Bonny Bacoccini 

Dance production conies to Sweet Cane Inn 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 


F our years ago, contemporary 
performance art came to life in the 
quaint, small town of Natchitoches. 
New York-native dance professor Brett 
Garfinkel created the dance production of 
Modern in Motion based on the contemporary 
dance trends of major cities. 

Big cities like New York City, Chicago 
and Los Angeles, are dance hubs where this 
art form continually evolves and sheds the 
boundaries of a traditional performance. 

Some of the newest trends involve the 
notion that every single audience member 



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can have their own unique experience. This 
became the basis for the annual NSU Dance 
Company production of Modern In Motion. 

Although the production happens in the 
fall semester every year, the venue changes to 
different locations in Natchitoches. 

Each new location provides the audience 
with a more intimate, immersive experience 
as the barrier between stage and auditorium is 
broken. The dancers share their performance 
space with the audience in a 3-D theatrical 
experience. The dancers improvise in their 
new performance habitat each night as the 
bystanders let the show surround them. 

Garfinkel said that the goal of this 
production is to give people who don’t live in 
large cities the chance to view a performance 
that offers a new perspective. 

“It’s nice to know that the community has 
supported the site-specific work each year,” 
Garfinkel said. “It was an eye-opening way for 
them to appreciate the space.” 

Garfinkel choreographs and creates the 
vision for the event each year, sometimes 
collaborating with NSU dance professors 
Kirstin Riehl and Rebecca Morgan. 

In the past, the NSU Dance Company 
performed the production at the Louisiana 
Sports Hall of Fame and Beau Jardin. This 
year. Modern In Motion IV is at the Sweet 
Cane Inn, a bed and breakfast located on 
Washington Street. 

Garfinkel received inspiration for this 
year’s concept through two shows that he saw 
in New York - “Sleep No More” and “The 
Grand Paradise.” Both shows were interactive, 
and in one of the shows, the performers guided 
the audience members through different 


rooms of the building. 

In “Sleep No More,” audience members 
were given masks, which Garkinkel said 
removed a concept of identity and forced 
them to be “one of many.” 

Unlike previous years. Modern In Motion 
IV centers around a storyline, and although 
it still focuses on dance, there will be more 
acting involved. Audience members will be 
given masks as they look into the lives of 
two grandparents who are celebrating their 
anniversary. 

Musical theatre and dance major Maris sa 
McMickens is one of the nine CAPA students 
involved in the production. For McMickens, 
the diversity of the cast makes the piece very 
special. 

“I love that everyone has something 
different to offer,” McMickens said. 
“Modern in Motion IV definitely has a 
realistic and relatable feel this year.” 

This year, the event will feature live music 
provided by Kisatchie Sound, a Natchitoches 
group comprised of David Steele, Matt Petty 
and James Leach. The music and performance 
itself will contain improvisational elements, 
and the band is working to ensure that no 
show will be exactly the same. 

Modern In Motion IV is on Oct. 18, 
20, 21 and 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sweet Cane 
Inn. On the evenings of the 18th and 20th, 
a gala reception will follow at Maglieaux’s. 
Tickets to the reception cost $45 in advance 
and $50 at the door. Tickets for regular 
performances can be purchased at the door 
for $10 or reserved in advance for $7. All 
students can purchase tickets for $ 7 with a 
student ID. 


AO A 

Fraternity to host 

scholarship pageant 

AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

Fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha hosts their 
annual Miss Black and Gold scholarship 
pageant on Nov. 1 0, and senior Jalen Clark said 
that his brothers are excited to reward bright 
women once again. 

“The pageant is heavily centered around 
scholarship,” Clark said. “The point is to take 
girls who aren’t comfortable and bring them out 
of their comfort zone and help them be able to 
open up and see the beauty they have within.” 

Originally, Miss Black and Gold started in 
the 80s to give girls a chance to compete for 
scholarship opportunities. Now, Clark said that 
all Alpha Phi Alpha chapters are required to 
host a pageant. 

There is a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement 
to enter the pageant. So far, nine girls will 
compete. The hrst place winner will receive 
$500, the second place winner $200 and the 
third place winner will receive a sash and a 
plaque with her name on it. 

Clark said that the competing women must 
sell ads for an ad booklet to help raise money 
for the scholarship and charities like the March 
of Dimes. They will also complete hours of 
community service at the MLK clean-up project 
and the Boys & Girls club. 

In addition to charity work, the pageant 
consists of an opening act, an evening gown 
portion, a swim-wear portion, a talent contest, 
and a question and answer section. 

The crowned Miss Black and Gold will 
work closely with the chapter and advance to 
the regional level of the competition. She will 
then have the opportunity to participate in the 
national level of the pageant. Clark said that 
money is rewarded with each level. 

The 15th annual Miss Black and Gold 
Pageant starts at 7:06 p.m. in Magale Recital 
Hall. Admission is $5 or $3 with a canned good 
item. 



Sigma Sigma Sigma (above) won first place in the sorority division of the 2015 Lipsync competition. Photo by Sheila Humphrey 


LipSync competitors prepare for battle 


LYDIA WILLIAMS 

Contributing Reporter 

H omecoming week is here, which 
means the fight will soon begin for one 
of NSU’s largest competitions of the 

year. 

LipSync graces us with its presence once 
again, and competition is in the air. Which 
organization will champion the singing and 
dance competition? 

Sophomore members of Pi Kappa Alpha 
fraternity Adam Fowlkes and Michael Phelps 
said that the pressure is serious this year. 

“We’re practicing every night,” Chair of 
Special Events Michael Phelps said. “We’ve 
gotten or tied for hrst place for the past few 


years, so we’re hoping to continue the cycle. 
We’re shooting for number one.” 

Phelps said that LipSync offers the 
fraternity a platform for showing students that 
joining Greek Life is rewarding. 

The two said that although LipSync is quite 
competitive, it isn’t at all harsh. 

“It’s a healthy amount of competition,” 
Fundraising Chair Michael Fowlkes said. “I 
remember the Pi Kappa Phi guys telling us 
good luck before we went on last year, so it 
doesn’t really get unfriendly. ” 

With their eyes on hrst place prize, 
Fowlkes and Phelps are careful to evaluate the 
competition. 

“It can come out of nowhere,” Fowlkes 
said. “Never underestimate anyone, because 


they could come out and wipe the floor.” 

Sophomore member of Alpha Omicron 
Pi sorority Taylor Powell said that they 
have worked especially hard to perfect their 
performance. 

“We’ve been practicing a lot, and everyone 
knows it’s a big commitment,” Powell said. 
“It’s high energy, and it’s just a time where the 
whole school can come together and just have 
a great time.” 

Make Your Own Theater, a performance 
troupe affiliated with the Student Theater 
Organization (STO), is also looking to win the 
student organization category. 

STO President Jhalon Thomas said that 
they take a more relaxed approach to prepping 
for the big day. 


“Personally, I’m excited to see the 
sororities perform,” Thomas said. “A lot of 
those girls are theater and dance students, so 
they always bring the spectacle. The flips, the 
jumps, the backdrops— the whole nine yards.” 

Thomas said that there are big shoes 
to fill after last year’s “larger-than-life” 
performance. 

“LipSync always packs the house,” Thomas 
said. “It’s just one of those experiences, 
especially for freshmen, that you can’t miss. 
It’s the entire campus community coming 
together for Homecoming and supporting 
each other.” 

The annual battle will commence at 6 p.m. 
on Oct. 20 in A. A. Fredericks. Admission is 
free with a current student ID. 



A brief history of 


1935 1965 




Qiomeconuna 



at Northwestern 

By Josh Fontenot and Alec Horton 



1985 


1988 1990 1994 


2001 



2009 


NSU holds hrst Homecoming 
on Thanksgiving Day 


The Homecoming dance was 
canceled, then The Current 
Sauce offered sponsorship. 


Sigma Sigma Sigma reveals big 
sisters at annual Homecoming 
week slumber party 


NSU loses Homecoming 
football game to Northeast 
Louisiana University on live TV 


Singer-songwriter Ray Charles 
performs during Homecoming 
week in Prather Coliseum 


SAB hosts hrst Homecoming 
Follies Festival 


First Homecoming run with 
Intramurals 


Homecoming court is criticized 
for lack of diversity 


Homecoming celebrates NSU’s 
125-year anniversary 





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sports 



Running back De’Mard Llorens shared feelings of disappointment with teammates 
over the Demons’ loss at Lamar. Photo by Jacob Hicks 


Cardinals steal last-minute victory 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

N orthwestern State was stunned 
Friday night when they saw a 
1 3-point lead vanish in a matter of 
1 :43 minutes and lost 32-3 1 . 

The Demons saw a great night in the 
running game with 390 yards on the night, 
but were unable to match the difference 
after a bad defensive sequence in the fourth 
quarter. 

“We just need to finish games; that’s it,” 
running back De’Mard Llorens said. “It’s a 
very disappointing result for all of us. It’s 
hard to put into words.” 

Llorens had a career-best 211 yards on 
the ground on 25 attempts, including two 
touchdowns. 

“The offensive line was amazing tonight, 
but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t get 
the win,” Llorens said. “I’d rather go for two 
yards on the game and get the win than get 
all the yards I had tonight and lose by a long 
shot.” 

Northwestern dominated for 56 minutes 
of the game, but it was not enough. With 
three minutes remaining, Lamar was able 
to convert on an impressive, five yard, 74- 
yard drive, concluding in a 36-yard passing 
touchdown to Marcus Daggs, making the 
game 31-25. 

It didn’t get any better for NSU. 


Lamar kicked an onside kick that 
went straight up in the air and ended in a 
Cardinal possession after a crazy scramble 
for the ball. 

“It looked like seven guys had their 
hands on it, and it finally squirted under one 
of their guys, and he kept it,” Head Coach 
Jay Thomas said. 

The Cardinals, with only a minute and 
36 seconds left, drove down the field on 
a nine play, 58-yard drive that capped off 
with a leaping 22-yard touchdown pass to 
DeWan Thompson in the back left corner 
of the end zone. 

The touchdown tied the game up 3 1-3 1 
with an extra point pending. Nose tackle 
Christian Bluiett, a native of Beaumont, 
Texas, had earlier blocked the extra point 
after their touchdown. Lamar’s offensive 
line was able to fight through, and the 
kicker won the game for them. 

The Demons had a host of opportunities 
to extend points, including two missed field 
goals of 45 and 38 yards from Eric Piccione. 

Lamar quarterback Carson Earp was able 
to carve up the Demon defense, throwing for 
412 yards and four touchdowns, including 
an 86-yard throw to DeWan Thompson. 

The Demons, who are 1-5 for the season, 
will play at home for the next three out of 
four weeks, starting with the Homecoming 
game against McNeese State this Saturday, 
Oct. 22. 


DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 


October 


Volleyball at Sam Houston 

State 

6:30 p.m. 


Women’s Soccer vs. 
Nicholls 
7 p.m. 


Volleyball at Stephen F. 
Austin 
1 p.m. 

Football vs McNeese State 
6 p.m. 



SAT 

22 



Oct. 12-17 
Athletic Scores 


Volleyball 

10/13 WIN vs UNO 3-0 

1 0/ 1 5 LOSS vs Southeastern 2-3 

Soccer 

10/14 LOSS at TAMUCC 0-1 

10/16 WIN at Houston Baptist 2- 1 


SUN 

23 


Women’s Soccer vs. 
Southeastern 
1 p.m. 


Football 

10/ 15 LOSS at Lamar 31-32 


Soccer secures tournament spot 


I 



JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

For the first time since 2008, the NSU 
soccer team landed a spot in the Southland 
Conference tournament. The Demons, who 
have won six out of the past seven matches, 
were able to clinch in Texas after a 2-1 win 
against Houston Baptist. 

The Demons scored two goals from 
Camila Ardila in the 47’ minute 
and Esdeina Gonzalez in the 
68’ minute. Houston Baptist 
midfielder Ellee Hall kept the 
game close by scoring in the 78’ 
minute. 

Goalie Alex Latham kept 
the Huskies from scoring 
more, however, with 10 saves 
throughout the game. 

NSU has now won six 
Southland Conference games, 
their most since 2005, with 
three games to spare. This is 
also the most games the Demons 
have won since 2009, where they 
finished with an 1 1-9 record. 

Because of their strong 
performance, the NSU soccer 
team has received national Top 
25 votes for the first time in their 
history. The Demons received six 
votes from the National Soccer 
Coaches Association of America 
(NCAA). 

The Demons played well away 
from home too, winning four out 
of their last five away matches, 

including a 3-2 double overtime Esdeina Gonzalez said the soccer team plans on 

thriller at Sam Houston. winning their tournament. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


“We feel great as a team knowing we can 
defeat any opponent that we face,” Gonzalez 
said. “We are planning on going all the way to 
win the tournament.” 

The Demons will play at home for the next 
two games before traveling for the last game of 
the year at Central Arkansas. NSU plays this 
Friday, Oct. 21 against Nicholls before closing 
out their home stand against Southeastern 
Louisiana on Oct. 23. 






opinions 


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Who do you think will 
win lip sync this year? 



Pearlie Jones 
Junior 
Mass Comm. 


“I’m positive that La Belle Femme will 
win this year. The ladies have class and 
sass, and I know theyTl come out on 
top.” 



Kasi Patten 
Sophomore 
Strategic Comm. 


“Fm gonna say Pi Kappa Alpha because 
they have placed in the top ranks the past 
two years in a row. This year will be no 
different! ” 



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Senior 
English 


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it’s obvious.” 



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Stop asking me to go to football games 



Meg Denny gives a sarcastic “fork ‘em” in Turpin Stadium. 

Photo by Alec Horton 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

A t least fifteen times a week. I’m 
told that I need to support our 
NSU Demon football team at the 
upcoming game. I usually shrug off each 
school spirited reprimand with a “no,” but to 
the fork 6 em demon monsters, this answer will 
never suffice. 

They will continue to “accidentally” invade 
my personal beliefs because, to them, I am 
dishonoring our beloved university. 

My response usually sparks people’s 
curiosity: “Why not? You might enjoy it! 

You should try tailgating. Don’t you have any 
school spirit?” 

Their polite curiosity seems to translate to: 
“Oh the blasphemy! This strange girl sneers 
at our purple pride and looks down from her 
snooty tower to laugh at us while we have fun at 
our football game ! ” 

They never like my responses, and I’m sure 
many of you won’t either. Our lives would feel 
less annoying if everyone just stopped pushing 
me. 

In 20 1 5 , at least 500 concussions in 
college football were reported over the span 
of three years (A1 Jazeera). This is a grossly 
underreported problem (despite how large 
500 may seem) considering that coaches have 
been known to mask concussions from the 
public eye and push their players to play for the 
“benefit of the team.” 

For example, a former player for an 
Ohio university just settled in May over his 
concussion suit with the college, claiming 
that his coaches “failfed] to address his 
concussions, even though he reported being 
wobbly and confused during training.” 
(Associated Press). 

We know that these football-induced 
concussions have long-term effects. Chronic 
Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is proven 
to be linked to many ex-NFL players (Forbes). 


CTE causes lasting rage, 
depression, memory loss 
and eventually, advanced 
dementia (PBS). 

Of course, NSU 
coaches may treat 
concussions as a serious 
problem. They may help 
their players get the right 
treatment and allow down 
time for head trauma; 
however, concussions 
cannot be prevented 
on the field. For many 
football players, as young 
as high school-age, CTE 
is a reality. 

Let’s move to 
something a little 
more uncomfortable. 

(Remember when I said 
your lives would be less 
worrisome if you stopped 
pushing me?) 

Texas Attorney 
General Greg Abbot told 
USA Today in 20 11 that 
while the Super Bowl is 
the “greatest show on 
Earth,” it has a dark side. 

“It’s commonly known as 
the single largest human trafficking incident 
in the United States,” Abbot said. 

Football carries with it a culture of 
violence against women. College athletes 
are more likely to be reported for sexual 
assault than non-athletic students (Crosset 
& Benedict). 

Additionally, the entire NFL system 
seems to be unable to do sufficient domestic 
violence background checks on its players 
before hiring them. In 20 1 5 , VICE 
explored 44 NFL players’ backgrounds. 

All have been previously accused of rape or 
violence against their partners - all 44 of 


them. 

Football is a “fun” way to engage people 
in school spirit and camaraderie. Sure. 

But don’t ask me to support a system that 
historically harms its players, their partners 
and women. 

To be clear, I’m not calling our NSU 
football players violent. If anything, I’m 
disappointed that we have allowed another 
generation to fall victim to the systematic 
harmfulness that is football (and this bleeds 
over to other sports as well). 

I only ask that you stop thinking I “hate 
my school” because I refuse to go to a game. 


Letter from the editor 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

Some people argue that the two-party 
system is dead. Some people scream 
“Trump! ” or “Hillary! ” or “Let’s write 
Bernie on the ballot! ” But there is one thing 
that the general American public can agree 
on - politicans and journalists are Grade A 
dirty, rotten scoundrels, and we should never 
trust their disgusting lies. 

People say, “Have you ever watched Fox 
News? The media is obviously rigged! The 
election is rigged! Let’s take to Facebook 
and start a complaining war! ” 

The blame game is fun and easy to play. 
The only action required is a haughty post on 
social media proclaiming that you have lost 
all faith in America, and why does the press 
stoop so low like a common celebrity gossip 
tabloid? 

As someone who aspires to be a 


journalist, and an ethical one at that, I will 
offer an opinion that some of you may not 
have heard before. 

Stop blindly consuming and 
complaining, and be an informed consumer. 

And yes, I also believe that most 
television news is a biased bunch of crap 
coming from large corporations, but have 
you ever put thought into how you gather 
your information? 

I don’t watch Fox News, or read the 
Drudge Report, and I don’t have to. I read 
articles from several different papers. I listen 
to podcasts from award-winning journalists. 

I read articles that I don’t always agree with 
because the truth isn’t going to blindly 
present itself. It’s my job as the consumer to 
find it. 

So my only piece of advice this: try taking 
responsibility for the things that you can 
control, and the world won’t seem like such 
an awful place. 



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continued from front 

Duke said that Trump’s attacks on 
Muslims and illegal immigration have 
brought his own beliefs into the mainstream. 
“The climate of this country has moved in my 
direction,” he said. 

Henderson met Duke when he was a 
guest at a hotel in Baton Rouge where Dr. 
Henderson was employed during the early 
90s. They were standing in the lobby of the 
hotel watching the evening news about the 
Bosnian conflict. 

“We had a conversation, about a half 
hour, and the take-away was that we had 
different views of what was going on... But it 
was like talking to an ordinary person,” Dr. 
Henderson said. 

He expanded on that comment by saying 
“When someone has an argument they are 
able to make, even if you disagree with the 


very premise of the argument, you can tell 
that they’ve given it some thought.” Dr. 
Henderson went on to say “That’s what 
separated him as a leader of the Klan, he 
could actually articulate his arguments.” 

Duke left the Klan in 1979 to start his 
own white supremacist group, the National 
Association for the Advancement of White 
People (NAAWP). He left the Klan after he 
was caught stealing the Klan’s donations 
that he then used to repair his house. 

He pulled a similarly calculated stunt 
when he convinced his supporters that he 
was about to lose his house and life savings 
from 1993-1999. 

Duke used their donations to gamble 
in Vegas and vacation in the Bahamas. He 
pled guilty and spent a year behind bars in 
federal prison in 2003 for defrauding his 
supporters, failing to pay his 1998 taxes and 
mail fraud. 


Housing entrance rights questioned 



Students convene in an on-campus dorm, where housing can 
knock and enter into without prior notice. Photo courtesy of Potpourri 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

A dorm resident woke up from a nap 
to find maintenance employees in 
her bathroom and two residential 
advisers (RA’s) talking loudly in her living 
room, according to anNSU Student Concerns 
Facebookpost. 

The student, Erynne Carver, said that she 
suspected the workers were there to fix her 
air conditioning unit in response to a work 
order form she filled out on Oct. 18, the day 
before the incident. 

The maintenance employees, according 
to the resident’s post, barged into her room, 
turned her light on and left a mess of dirt in 
her shower after they left. 

“My heart was racing because, as I stated, 
I was asleep, and I felt as though my room had 
basically just been broken into,” Carver said. 

Carver complained that two RA’s appeared 
in her living room without notice around the 
same time and had a loud conversation about 
“a girl they met at the club...” 

After she asked one of the maintenance 
employees if anyone knocked, the employee 
replied, “I don’t know. The RA’s did, I 
think,” according to Carver’s post. 


As stated in section 22 of the housing 
lease under Right of Entry, any maintenance 
manager, employee or authorized 
representatives may enter at any reasonable 
hour for any reasonable purpose. 

This includes “responding to 
maintenance requests; repairs; estimating 
repair or refurbishing costs; pest control; 
filter changes, testing or replacing smoke- 
detector batteries, etc.” 

Director of housing Stephanie Dyjack 
said that she is aware of Carver’s post, but 
nothing was reported directly to the housing 
office. 

Housing reached out to Carver to clarify 
what happened. 

“Through the course of the conversation, 
it came to light that maintenance states they 
did knock, but the resident said that she did 
not hear it,” Dyjack said. “Our policy is to 
knock and announce ourselves.” 

Dyjack said that housing employees are 
allowed to enter a residence for health and 
safety reasons or for work orders, but must 
knock and announce themselves. 

To further prevent this situation from 
happening, both the residents and staff were 
retrained on the rights and regulations of the 
housing policy. 



SGA Minutes 

Oct. 31 

-Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. during the 
SAB meeting, members of the QEP 
executive committee will come to 
survey SGA and SAB students on 
what they feel is important for them 
to learn. 

-The Academic Affairs 
Committee is still looking for 
Leadership NSU speakers. 

-SGA grant guidelines are being 
revised. 

-The Election Day Party is Nov. 
6 at 6 p.m. The Republican Party 
will be in the Cane River Room and 
the Democratic Party will be in the 
President’s Room. Refreshments 
are provided. 


olice Blotter 


10/27 

• Complaint of Person 
Stumbling 

-UP1 

- Escorted to residence 


10/28 

• Theft of Bicycle 

- University Columns 

- Ongoing 

10/29 

• Obscenity 

- Parking Lot 14 
-City Summons Issues 

• Simple Battery 

- Ongoing 

10/31 

• Suspicious Person 

- University Columns 

- Person asked to leave 

• Hit & Run 

-Ongoing 

• Noise Complaint 

- Kappa Alpha House 
-Persons asked to quiet 





arts & Living 



Symphony to perform on Halloween 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

T his Halloween, Northwestern State 
University’s orchestra is ditching 
their traditional repertoire for a 
modern performance. 

The “pop” concert, where the 
orchestra steps away from classical music 
and plays modern pieces, is the annual 
Halloween performance for the orchestra. 

Dr. Bakenhus, the Director of 
Orchestral Studies, said the audience can 
look forward to something quite different 
from previous Halloween concerts. 

Concertgoers will hear pieces that may 
be more familiar to them such as, “A Little 
Priest” from Sweeney Todd, selections 
from “Phantom of the Opera” and John 
Williams’ “Harry Potter Symphonic 
Suite.” 

“This performance is going to be 
a lot less serious,” freshman cellist 
Kelton Spurgeon said. ‘’We’re wearing 
costumes, so it’ll be fun for both us and 
the audience.” 

This year’s performance will feature 
more singers than previous performances. 
Mr. Michael Rorex, Associate Professor of 


Voice and Choral Activities, Ms. Terrie 
Sanders, Associate Professor of Voice and 
Ms. D’Nissa Hester, Professor of Voice 
will sing pieces from popular musicals and 
the orchestra will accompany them. 

“Dead Elvis” by Michael Daugherty is 
opening piece. 

“This piece deals with the contrast 
between young Elvis and old, stoned, 
drunk Elvis,” Bakenhus said. “There’s a 
lot of sublime messages in it.” 

“Dead Elvis” will also feature a guest 
bassoon player and conductor. 

The concert serves as graduate student 
Jolie Gonzalez Masmela’s first conducted 
orchestra performance. 

Masmela will conduct “Night on Bald 
Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky, a 
piece based on Russian folktales about 
evil creatures living on Bald Mountain. 

“Dr. Bakenhus has been really 
helpful,” Masmela said. “I’m really 
looking forward to my first conducting 
experience.” 

The concert will conclude with 
“Berceuse” and “Finale” from “The 
Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. “The 
Firebird” tells of the conflict between an 
evil sorcerer whose soul is in an egg and a 


hero who seeks to destroy the egg with the 
help of a firebird. 

“This is kind of a symbolic way to 
end the program,” Bakenhus said. “As 
the sorcerer’s subjects are freed, we are 
freeing the audience from the scary things 
they heard earlier in the evening.” 

The concert is on Oct. 31 night 
in Magale Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. 
Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive 
early due to limited seating. 


Dr. Doug Bakenhus (top) rehearses with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony in 
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AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

In the spring of 2016, The Center for 
Inclusion and Diversity (CID) was created 
by a committee of students, faculty and 
administrators. Dean of Students Frances 
Conine said that the creation of the center 
was overdue. 

“It is one thing to say there is a Center for 
Inclusion and Diversity on NSU’s campus; it 
is another thing to actually see inclusion and 
diversity on NSU’s campus,” Conine said. 

The CID’s mission is to create a 
welcoming environment in which students 
can use their voices without judgement as 
long they remain respectful to others. 

Psychology instructor Brittany Blackwell- 
Broussard was appointed as director of the 
CID over the summer. 

“Our country is slowly opening up to the 
idea of diversity,” Blackwell-Broussard said. 
“You can see it represented on TV. We need 
to see it represented on our campus.” 

Blackwell-Broussard hopes that RSOs 
will partner with the CID for events that 
focus on positivity and education. 

This semester, the center partnered with 
Columbian exchange students to celebrate 
Hispanic Heritage month and with the 
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance to 
celebrate National Coming Out Day. 


In the center, located in room 222A of the 
student union, students can find resources 
pertaining to STIs, women, LGBTQIA+ 
folks, the disabled community, people of 
color and different religions. 

Conine created a chalkboard wall 
in the center for students to express 
their frustrations and positive thoughts. 
Blackwell-Broussard said that she hopes 
the “Chalk Talk” board will also be a place 
where students can offer suggestions and 
start discussions. 

“My philosophy on inclusion and diversity 
is: Let’s celebrate our differences and 
find what we have in common,” Blackwell- 
Broussard said. 

In September, a Group Dynamics class in 
the communications department partnered 
with the CID to host an open forum to 
discuss race relations. 

The CID’s next open forum is a 
collaboration between the Feminist Majority 
Leadership Alliance and PRIDE. The forum, 
held on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Cane River 
Room, will discuss LGBTQIA+ issues. 

Blackwell-Broussard said that everyone 
is welcome to come to the open forum and 
CID. She hopes to see students treat the 
center like a hangout spot. 

“We don’t want to just talk about the 
problems,” Blackwell-Broussard said. “We 
want to find the solutions.” 






arts & Living 


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This year’s homecoming festivities included the football game a parade, pep rally, the LipSync competition and tailgating. Photos by Bonny Bacoccini and Alec Horton 


Dr. Briseno on spoken word, diversity and heart 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Joseph 
Andrew Briseno wrote a novel that is currently 
being rejected by some of the best agents 
around the country. 

“‘No’ is all over the place, but that’s the way 
the world works,” Briseno said. 

The Argus advisor was hired by NSU in 
August 2015, right after he graduated from the 
University of North Texas with his doctorate 
in the spring. He moved to Natchitoches from 
his home of Fort Worth, TX when his wife of 
nine years received a teaching position at the 
Louisiana School. 

Briseno said that he is the best disc golfer in 
Natchitoches Parish (all challengers welcome) 

and is currently 
working on 
a new, and 
hopefully more 
successful, 
murder 

mystery novel 
set in New 
Orleans. 

The 
Current 
Sauce sat 
Photo by Gary Hardamon down with the 


Department of English, Foreign Language, 
and Cultural Studies professor to learn more 
about this fiction-writing sportsman. 

Q: Academically, what are you hoping to 
bring to the department? 

A: Immediate goals include working on 
diversifying the English course structure here. 
I have submitted and will be teaching a course in 
Chicano and Chicana literature, which is one of 
my specialties. Additionally, adding publishing 
and editing courses and revamping old course 
numbers are things we’re working on. 

In the long term, I would like to start a 
creative writing program here at NSU both at 
the bachelor’s and graduate level. I think that 
there’s a lot of potential to offer creative writing 
degrees that are suited to the environment and 
students that we have. 

So, currently, there are no graduate 
programs that feature or even strongly discuss 
spoken word and slam poetry, and that’s 
something I’m interested in bringing in. I 
want to create a writing program that helps 
people write the way they want rather than 
teaches people to write in highly established 
patterns. . .1 want a program that is attune to the 
idea of diversity... 

Q: Could you talk more about why NSU is a 
special place to create? 


A: Accessibility is as serious as it can be 
here. We intentionally keep our costs as low as 
we can; we provide an all-online environment 
that lets people in various life situations ht 
school into their lives. I’d love to continue 
that. Those are important aspects to me. You 
can get MFAs from some places that will rack 
you very large amounts of debt; that’s never 
going to be the way it works at NSU. . .This is a 
cool place where you can put your fingerprint 
on anything you want and make it your own. . . 
I grew up in what we call an economically 
disadvantaged background; that’s one of the 
reasons I like it here and one of the things that 
makes NSU fun for me. I feel like I owe a debt 
to others coming from that situation, and I like 
getting the chance to pay on that. 

Q: Describe your writing style. 

A: To me, the most important thing about 
writing is getting at the heart. I have no time 
for stories or any kind of writing that isn’t 
interested in trying to get at the inevitable 
truths that surround us, yet that we constantly 
ignore, as a necessary part of being alive every 
day. My writing tries to crack that open and 
remind people that they’re all going to die 
someday. Thus, it’s probably important to 
look around. Pay attention. See people. 

Q: If there’s anything you could say to 


first-generation students or students from 
disadvantaged backgrounds, what would it 
be? 

A: The most important and most difficult 
lesson I learned regarding academic success is 
that it’s always, for everyone who does it right, 
a group effort. No one goes this alone... The 
truth is that everyone succeeds only through 
group effort. Talk to your professors. Be 
involved. Build study groups. Anything you 
can do to use community support to help you 
out is the best move forward. 



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Demons drop the ball against McNeese Cowboys 

JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 



n Oct. 22, 
NSU lost its 
Homecoming 


game to rival McNeese 
State, 48-27. 

The Demons allowed 
McNeese quarterback 
James Tabary to throw 
for 384 yards and 
three touchdowns. He 
completed 29 of his 43 
pass attempts. 

“We know we’re 
better than this as a team,” 

Demon receiver Bobby 
Chan-Chan said. “We 
need to get rid of all of the 
mistakes we have in the 
game. It’s costing us.” 

NSU kept it close for 
the first two quarters and 
had a much better game 

offensively than they McNeese kicker Gunnar Raborn kicks a field goal in the first half of Saturday’s game. 

did last week at Lamar. 

Quarterback Brooks Haack threw for 241 
yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys, 
including a long for 37 yards. 

Northwestern and McNeese fought hard 


in the first half. After being down 21-7 in the 
second quarter, NSU running back Ronald 
Green scored on a 28-yard rush to slash the 
lead to 21-14. 


NSU played a tough game in the second 
half, scoring on their first possession in the 
third quarter on an impressive dash, 72-yard 
drive ending in a 26-yard touchdown run from 


Shakeir Ryan; the game 
was then all tied at 2 1 . 

Then, the game shifted 
in McNeese’ s favor. 

McNeese scored 17 
unanswered points all in 
the 3rd quarter, and the 
score changed to 38-2 1 . 

N orthwe stern was 

never able to recover after 
that, only scoring two held 
goals the rest of the game, 
eventually losing 47-27. 

“All we can do is work 
to get better and look at 
different ways to put the 
players in a better position 
to improve their chances 
for success,” Demons 
Head Coach Jay Thomas 
said. “They are playing 
their hearts out. At some 
point, that will pay off. ” 
NSU was more 
successful on the run for a 
Photo by Alec Horton second straight game, with 
173 yards for the game 
including 70 yards from Ronald Green. 

NSU will stay home for a second week in a 
row, playing Nicholls State on Saturday, Oct. 
29 in the battle of the NSUs. 


DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 

October 



Oct. 20-23 
Athletic Scores 


THU 

27 


Volleyball vs. Abilene 
Christian 
7 p.m. 


28 


Men’s and Women’s 
Cross Country at 
Southland Conference 
Championships 


Volleyball 

10/20 LOSS at SHSU 

2-3 

10/22 LOSS at SFA 

0-3 

Soccer 

10/21 TIE vs. Nicholls 

0-0 

10/23 WIN vs. Southeastern 

Football 

4-0 


Women’s Soccer at 
Central Arkansas 
7 p.m. 


SAT 

29 


Football vs. Nicholls State 
6 p.m. 


10/22 LOSS vs. McNeese State 27-48 

INTRAMURALS 


Singles Tennis 

2 / Tennis Courts, 5:30 p.m. 


November 


Volleyball at UNO 
7 p.m. 


TUES 

1 


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30 IM Football Fields 


Volleyball team strives to break losing streak 



Captain Natalie Jaeger and the volleyball team will take on Abilene Christian in their 
next home game. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

The women’s volleyball team are set to 
face Abilene Christian Wildcats at Prather 
Coliseum this Thursday. 

The Lady Demons are 11-15 on the 
season, including 6-5 in conference play. 
A string of losses has slowed them down, 
however, with three losses in a row. 

The Demons were a few plays away from 
winning the first two games, with a close 2-3 


loss to Southeastern. Up two sets to one, NSU 
almost scored three straight sets, but lost it 
25-27 before eventually losing the final set 
10-15. 

NSU lost another game five days later at 
Sam Houston, losing two sets to three. 

“Even though we’ve had a string of losses, 
we’re still fighting,” NSU Volleyball Captain 
Natalie Jaeger said. “We’re glad to be able 
to stay home this weekend to play Abilene 
Christian, and we’re feeling good about the 
game.” 









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RACHAEL COYNE 

Contributing Illustrator 





Speed dating at NSU: a review 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

T he President’s room in the 

union was hot with hormones 
and the laughter of nervous 
singles on Monday night during 
Demons Support Demon’s first ever 
speed dating event. 

“A lot of people were accompanying 
their friends, so it made for a good turn- 
out,” DSD member D’andre Alexander 
said. 

Demons Support Demons (DSD) 
is an organization on NSU’s campus 
dedicated to the eradication of sexual 
misconduct. The week of Oct. 24 
through Oct. 28, they participate in 
the national “It’s on Us” week that 
aims to spread awareness and promote 
prevention of sexual assault. 

With the speeding dating event, 

DSD intended to put the topic 
of consent into the minds of its 
participants. The Brainy Acts Poetry 
Society performed a few personal 


poems concerning dating and consent 
at the beginning of the event. 

Cards were handed out with the 
message, “Be aware that it can happen 
to anyone, regardless of gender, race, 
sexuality, or ability. Prevent sexual 
misconduct through affirmative consent 
and bystander intervention. Refer 
friends and report to confidential 
advisors and student advocates.” The 
cards also had useful phone numbers 
on them, including the number of the 
Confidential Advisor (318) 357-5621. 

When participants arrived, girls 
were given a sheet of paper with 
suggested questions to ask. The rules 
were that girls stayed seated and asked 
questions while the boys rotated and 
answered questions. 

“Interviewing the guys made me feel 
more in control of the experience and 
boosted my confidence,” freshman Cici 
Williams said. 

Every two minutes, a bike horn 
honked to signal that it was time to 
rotate. Throughout the event, a running 


joke was to playfully gesture for an early 
honking if one happened to partner 
with a familiar acquaintance. 

It was very generous of the Alpha 
Kappa Alpha sorority to donate 
refreshments. I’m not saying everyone 
there was “thirsty,” but because a group 
of over 100 people were confined to 
such a small room to meet new people, 
the drinks were appreciated. 

DSD members said they asked for 
a bigger venue for the event multiple 
times, but, as usual, the ballroom 
was blocked on EMS and booked for 
nothing to be occupied by no one. 

“We worked hard on this event 
but didn’t expect this many people to 
come,” DSD Treasurer Ashley Smith 
said when asked to comment on the 
overwhelming turn out. 

Since the event was so popular, 

DSD is considering making Demon 
Speed Dating a regular event. If so, my 
advice to future participants is to make 
business cards - two minutes is not 
enough time to obtain a phone number! 


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A message to my classmates 


KASI PATTEN 

Contributing Reporter 

Every semester begins with the same 
mantra: I will not skip class. 

I seal the fate of my well-meaning 
mantra by solemnly swearing to attend 
every single class unless I am sick, 
dead or on fire. But here we are hallway 
through the semester, and I’ve already 
missed more than the “recommended” 
amount of classes. 

In an effort to make amends for my 
poor attendance, I wrote a little apology 
to my professors with an explanation of 
my uncharacteristic slacker behavior. 

I live with something called Auditory 
Processing Disorder (APD). It is arare 
disorder that affects 5 percent of children 
and is often misdiagnosed. It affects 
one’s ability to understand speech, and 


because of this, many people with APD 
have a difficult time coping in loud 
environments. 

Often times, noisy classrooms can 
cause over-stimulation and, in turn, 
manifest severe anxiety and distress in 
people with the condition. Let me verily 
this fact with a personal experience. 

In one of my classes on Monday, this 
dickwad football player (please excuse 
my language; I am still quite upset) and 
all his cronies thought it would be funny 
to loudly talk over my professor. 

It was not funny. 

I found myself walking out of that 
class on the verge of tears and mentally 
drained. Consequently, it would be quite 
reasonable to assume that I will not be 
attending class on Wednesday. 

So, prof. I’m sorry. I really enjoy 
your class, but I cannot make myself sit 


through an hour of unyielding mental and 
auditory abuse. 

And if you are one of those people 
in class who jacks around and makes the 
professor say “shhh” a million times, do 
us all a favor: don’t come to class at all. 

Not only are you wasting the 
professor’s time, but you are affecting 
my education. Unlike you, I don’t throw 
a football around, receive a couple 
thousand dollars a semester, win a couple 
games and, thus, receive the benefit of a 
cheaper college education; I actually have 
to pay for these classes. I would like it if I 
could get my money’s worth. 

This is college. No one is making 
you come here. So, please, cut the shit, 
and sit down, shut up, and listen. Quit 
leeching off university funding just to 
complain and mess around with your 
friends because I am trying to learn. 







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sports 


Soccer travels 
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A look into the 
Demon Quidditch 
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arts & Living 


A VooDoo Fest 
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to sunset 


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Former KKK member runs for Senate 



Raycom Media WVUE-TV surveyed 625 of 
Louisiana’s registered voters to ask who 
they would vote for as U.S. Senator. Below 
are the candidates polling above 5 percent. 


Charles Boustany (R) 
11.4 


John Kennedy (R) 
24.2 


Foster Campbell (D) 
18.9 


John Fleming (R) 

10.2 


Caroline Fayard (D) 

12.0 


Multiple national news sources have nicknamed Louisiana’s U.S. Senate 
candidate David Duke the “reich-wing” candidate. 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

F ormer Grand Wizard of the Knights 
of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, 
is running for Louisiana’s seat 
in the U.S. Senate, and he qualified for 
the televised Senate debate on Nov. 2 at 
Dillard University, a historically black 
college in New Orleans. 

Duke, as well as other politicians, 
visited NSU at the President’s Tailgate on 
Oct. 22 as part of his campaigning efforts. 
NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, who 
met Duke in the early 90s, confirmed 
that Duke was not formally invited to the 
event, nor did he give prior notice of his 
plans to attend the event. 

After Duke qualified to speak, Dillard 
University confirmed that the University 
“does not endorse the candidacy of any 
of the candidates who will appear” at the 
debate. 


“As someone who has had the 
opportunity to tour Dillard and learn 
about its history, I don’t think David 
Duke should be allowed to set foot 
there,” a junior NSU student, Ashlyn 
Guidry, said. “It’s very disrespectful of 
him.” 

Officials from Dillard University 
pledged “to ensure that the event is 
secure and managed professionally.” 
Dillard accepted to host the debate before 
it was known that Duke would meet the 5 
percent threshold set by Raycom Media, 
the sole sponsor of the debate. 

“Dillard is pretty supportive of Black 
Lives Matter, and I’ve been pretty critical 
of them,” Duke said in an interview with 
The Advocate. 

Duke was referring to a time when 
he called BLM a “terrorist organization” 
after five police officers were killed 
during a Black Lives Matter protest in 
Dallas. The gunman claimed he was 


seeking revenge for the deaths of Alton 
Sterling and Philando Castile, two black 
men shot by white officers. 

The university did not consult student 
leaders before accepting the offer to host 
the debate, and Dillard University SGA 
Vice President, Joseph Caldwell, said 
in a phone interview with Identities . Mic 
that “David Duke is unacceptable, and 
he’s not welcome here.” 

Former Dillard University SGA 
president, Chadrick Hudson, told Mic 
that the student body is not planning a 
riot, although some students said they 
wanted to protest. “I know my student 
body,” Hudson said. “They’re going to 
carry themselves with intelligence. But I 
think it’s going to get tense.” 

According to The Big Story news, 
after Duke submitted his U.S. Senator 
application, he said, “I believe my time 
has come.” 

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Duke said that Trump’s attacks 
on Muslims and illegal immigration 
have brought his own beliefs into the 
mainstream. “The climate of this country 
has moved in my direction,” he said. 

Henderson met Duke when he was a 
guest at a hotel in Baton Rouge where 
Henderson was employed during the early 
90s. They were standing in the lobby of the 
hotel watching the evening news about the 
Bosnian conflict. 

“We had a conversation, about a half 
hour, and the take-away was that we had 
different views of what was going on... But 
it was like talking to an ordinary person,” 
Henderson said. 

He expanded on that comment by 
saying, “When someone has an argument 
they are able to make, even if you disagree 


with the very premise of the argument, you 
can tell that they’ve given it some thought. 
That’s what separated him as a leader of 
the Klan, he could actually articulate his 
arguments.” 

Duke left the Klan in 1979 to start his 
own white supremacist group, the National 
Association for the Advancement of White 
People (NAAWP). He left the Klan after he 
was caught stealing the Klan’s donations 
that he then used to repair his house. 

He pulled a similarly calculated stunt 
when he convinced his supporters that he 
was about to lose his house and life savings 
from 1993-1999. 

Duke used their donations to gamble 
in Vegas and vacation in the Bahamas. He 
pled guilty and spent a year behind bars in 
federal prison in 2003 for defrauding his 
supporters, failing to pay his 1998 taxes 
and mail fraud. 


Housing entrance rights questioned 



Students convene in an on-campus dorm, where housing can 
knock and enter into prior notice. Photo courtesy of Potpourri 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

A dorm resident woke up from a nap 
to find maintenance employees in 
her bathroom and two residential 
advisers (RA’s) talking loudly in her living 
room, according to anNSU Student Concerns 
Facebookpost. 

The student, Erynne Carver, said that she 
suspected the workers were there to fix her 
air conditioning unit in response to a work 
order form she filled out on Oct. 18, the day 
before the incident. 

The maintenance employees, according 
to the resident’s post, barged into her room, 
turned her light on and left a mess of dirt in 
her shower after they left. 

“My heart was racing because, as I stated, 
I was asleep, and I felt as though my room had 
basically just been broken into,” Carver said. 

Carver complained that two RA’s appeared 
in her living room without notice around the 
same time and had a loud conversation about 
“a girl they met at the club...” 

After she asked one of the maintenance 
employees if anyone knocked, the employee 
replied, “I don’t know. The RA’s did, I 
think,” according to Carver’s post. 


As stated in section 22 of the housing 
lease under Right of Entry, any maintenance 
manager, employee or authorized 
representatives may enter at any reasonable 
hour for any reasonable purpose. 

This includes “responding to 
maintenance requests; repairs; estimating 
repair or refurbishing costs; pest control; 
filter changes, testing or replacing smoke- 
detector batteries, etc.” 

Director of housing Stephanie Dyjack 
said that she is aware of Carver’s post, but 
nothing was reported directly to the housing 
office. 

Housing reached out to Carver to clarify 
what happened. 

“Through the course of the conversation, 
it came to light that maintenance states they 
did knock, but the resident said that she did 
not hear it,” Dyjack said. “Our policy is to 
knock and announce ourselves.” 

Dyjack said that housing employees are 
allowed to enter a residence for health and 
safety reasons or for work orders, but must 
knock and announce themselves. 

To further prevent this situation from 
happening, both the residents and staff were 
retrained on the rights and regulations of the 
housing policy. 



SGA Minutes 

Oct. 31 

-Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. during the 
SAB meeting, members of the QEP 
executive committee will come to 
survey SGA and SAB students on 
what they feel is important for them 
to learn. 

-The Academic Affairs 
Committee is still looking for 
Leadership NSU speakers. 

-SGA grant guidelines are being 
revised. 

-The Election Day Party is Nov. 
6 at 6 p.m. The Republican Party 
will be in the Cane River Room and 
the Democratic Party will be in the 
President’s Room. Refreshments 
are provided. 


olice Blotter 


10/27 

• Complaint of Person 
Stumbling 

-UP1 

- Escorted to residence 


10/28 

• Theft of Bicycle 

- University Columns 

- Ongoing 

10/29 

• Obscenity 

- Parking Lot 14 
-City Summons Issuesd 

• Simple Battery 

- Ongoing 

10/31 

• Suspicious Person 

- University Columns 

- Person asked to leave 

• Hit & Run 

-Ongoing 

• Noise Complaint 

- Kappa Alpha House 
-Persons asked to quiet 





arts & Living 



NSU Theatre presents 

‘All in the Timing 9 

“It’s not an intellectual play, but it does 
demand that you use your intellect.” 
-Director Pia Wyatt 

Check out our coverage of this NSU 
Theatre and Dance Department production 
online at 

currentsaucenews . com. 

Theatre West 

Nov. 2-5, 9-12 @ 7:30 p.m. 
Matinee Nov. 6 @ 2 p.m. 


UPCOMING CONCERTS IN 


NOV 2 


Honors 
Chamber 
Winds 
& Wind 
Symphony 

MAGALE I 7:30 




NOV 3 


Concert 

Choir 


MAGALE I 7:30 


NOV 4 


NSU 

Percussion 

Ensemble 


MAGALE I 7:30 


NOV 5 


Classic on 
the Cane 
Marching 
Contest 

TURPIN I ALL DAY 


NOV 6 


Jazz 

Orchestra 


MAGALE I 7:30 


NOV 7 


Men’s & 

Women’s 

Chorus 


MAGALE I 7:30 


Worship the music 



special night for me... This city is my 
second home,” he said. 

The Weeknd ended the night with a 
performance that lacked the hype G-Easy 
previously gave the fest-goers. 

On day two of the festival, men in animal 
masks and lab coats wheeled a baby cradle 
onto the Pepsi stage as huge building 
block letters spelling out “Cry Baby” lit up 
the night. 

Melanie Martinez, a jaded and 
pessimistic 21 -year-old who found fame 
after appearing on The Voice in 2012, 
revived the audience when she burst out of 
an oversized cradle. 

The half-and-half haired girl in a doll 
gown broke hearts with her rendition of 
the iconic “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore, 
and gave audience members the “pity 
party” they longed for. 

Shortly after. Tool, a household name 
to many, took the stage at the Altar to give 


If fest goers weren’t head banging 
to the rock band until their noses bled, 
they were feeling the insane vibes of Die 
Antwoord, a South African duo known for 
their crazy antics and unique style. 

Melding together a mix of EDM and 
rap, front woman Yolandi Visser squealed 
her way through the night. As audience 
members witnessed all of their foreign 
glory, the two performers hinted that 
Voodoo may be their last performance for 
awhile. 

Jessie Rousch, a senior at Belmont 
University in Nashville, TN, said the two 
have been one of his favorite musical 
groups for years. 

“Seeing some of your favorite artists in 
the flesh is other-worldly, man,” Rousch 
said. “I don’t think there’s any other way I 
would want to spend my weekend. ” 
The Chainsmokers and 
Arcade Fire closed the festival 
on the third day. 

Win Butler, singer of 
Arcade Fire, 


has called New Orleans his home for a 
number of years now. Before the band’s 
set on Sunday night, he expressed his 
appreciation for the community he and his 
wife have grown to love. 

“I just want to say thank you to the city 
of New Orleans,” Butler said. “Thank you 
for existing. We have to f*****g protect 
what’s sacred and beautiful of this city. 
There's not much of it left.” 

While Arcade Fire was busy getting 
sentimental. The Chainsmokers 
entertained one of the largest audiences 
the Le Plur stage saw all weekend. 

The duo teased their chart-topping 
singles and quickly turned them into 
EDM mixes, purposefully showing that 
they have drastically changed their style 
in the recent past to get their music into 
the public eye. 

The festival ended around 10 p.m. on 
Sunday night. Festival goers took Uber 
cabs home and happily cried about their 
“worship the music” experiences, ready 
to buy tickets to next year's festival. 


Voodoo Fest has 
rocked New Orleans 
City Park every 
Halloween weekend 
since 1999. 


JOSHUA FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 


As the sun set on the first day of Voodoo 
fest, hundreds flooded City Park to see 
rapper G-Easy, who reminisced about his 
time spent in New Orleans for college, 
criticized Donald Trump and covered the 
audience in confetti. 

“This is a 


After Snakehips’ performance, the crowd jammed in their Halloween gear during DJ Mustard's set at the Le Plur stage on Saturday. 

Photo by Brandon Melanqon 














sports 


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Forward Brittany Caserma takes on the Abilene Christian team on Sept. 30. The Demons won the 
home game against Abeline 2-1 at the end of an overtime battle. Photos by Gary Hardamon 


NSU Soccer plays in first conference tournament since *08 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

T he NSU soccer team will travel to 
Corpus Christie on Wednesday, 
Nov. 2 to play in their first 
conference tournament since 2008. 

The Demons, who ended the season 
with 10 wins, seven losses and one draw, 
had one of their best records in years. 
They finished with seven Southland 
Conference victories, a first since 2004; 
they also finished the year with double- 
digit victories, a first since 2009. 

“It’s pretty incredible,” forward 
Cache’ Haley said. “We knew we could go 
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the tournament. We’re all excited to see 
what we can do in it.” 

The Demons had a strong season, with 
important wins over Abilene Christian, 
Sam Houston, and reigning Southland 
Conference champions Southeastern. 

“Abilene Christian was one of the 
biggest wins for the team,” forward 
Esdeina Gonzalez said. “We were able to 
get that goal at the end of overtime, and it 
was so sweet.” 

Now, competition stiffens for the 
continuation of the Southland Conference 
Tournament. 

NSU is in the third seed of the 
tournament. They will play McNeese 
State, who went 8-9-1, on Oct. 26. If 
the Demons win, they will play Stephen 


F. Austin in the semi-finals. The 
Lumberjacks went 12-4 on the season. 

Central Arkansas drew the number 
one seed, going 15-3-1 on the season. 
The team is undefeated in the conference 
so far, with 10 wins and one draw. 

The Demons will play the Cowboys in 
the first round on Nov. 2 at Jack Dugan 
Stadium. 

“I honestly believe our toughest 
competition is ourselves,” Cache’ said. 
“When we step out on the field, we can’t 
do anything but play our game which 
already took us on a five-game win streak. 
We don’t let our competition change us.” 

The tournament lasts all weekend, 
starting on Nov. 2 and finishing with the 
championship on Nov. 6. 


Quidditch 

comes to NSU 

JORDAN REICH 

Copy Editor 

The Harry Potter books and movies depict 
what Quidditch is like in the Wizarding World, 
but what is it like in real life? 

President of the Demon Quidditch 
organization at NSU, junior computer 
information systems major Brooke Griffiths, 
joined the fictional sport team when it was 
more of a Harry Potter club. 

“The president at the time... showed 
me a video, and I became very passionate 
about Quidditch,” Griffiths said. I worked on 
structuring practices,... [and] I worked with 
some of the other members to kind of make a 
new team.” 

Under Griffith’s leadership, the club 
became more of an intramural sport. NSU’s 
team. Lumberjack Quidditch, participates in 
scrimmages hosted by other universities like 
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA). 

However, because Demon Quidditch is 
not an official member of the United States 
Quidditch (USQ) association, the team cannot 
participate in official events. 

The team membership for the USQ is 
$ 1 50, plus the cost of individual membership; 
other requirements include items such as 
referee and coach certifications. 

“It would be cool to be an official team 
right now, but it’s hard,” Griffiths said. “...It 
costs a lot of money. ” 

The USQ is the governing organization of 
Quidditch for the United States. According to 
the 2014-2015 Annual Report, 148 official 
teams participated in events hosted by the 
USQ, and there are at least 200 in the U.S. 

As mandated by the International 
Quidditch Association (IQA) Rulebook, there 
are seven players per team: one keeper, one 
seeker, three chasers, and two beaters. Every 
player has to keep a regulation broom between 
their legs at all times, and each position wears 
a certain color of headband. 

While the keeper protects the goal from 
the “quaffle” - a volleyball - the chasers try 
to score goals worth 10 points, the beaters 
throw “bludgers” - usually dodgeballs - at the 
opposing team’s chasers, and the seeker goes 
after the “snitch.” 

Unlike movie magic, there is no tiny golden 
ball flying around. Instead, a tennis ball inside 
of a sock is put in the waistband of a neutral 
person called the “snitch runner,” and the 
seekers of each team race after that. When the 
snitch is caught, the team receives 30 points, 
and the game is over. 

The game’s rules are surprisingly 
technical. Players can receive different penalty 
cards, and there are equipment regulations 
and rules about jersey numbers. 

Demon Quidditch meetings are on 
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Room 320 of the 
Student Union, and practices are on Fridays at 
12:30 p.m. on the President’s Field. 



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reflects on record 
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Louisiana Election Results 

U.S. Senator: John Kennedy 
NO to Am endment 2: 

Establish tuition without 
Legistlative approval 
NO to Amendment 3: 

Eliminate Deductibility of 
Federal Income Taxes 
5 to Amendment 4: 
Homestead Exemption- 
Surviving Spouse 

to Amendment 5: 

Revenue Stabilization Trust 
Fund 

NO to Amendment 6: Use 
Funds to Eliminate Projected 
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TRUMP DEFEATS CLINTON 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

T he election is finally over. Half of 
America voted for Donald Trump, 
and the other half caused Canada’s 
immigration website to shut down. 

“Now it’s time for America to bind 
the wounds of division. It is time for us 
to come together as one united people,” 
Trump said in his acceptance speech 
around 2 a.m. CT. 

Earlier in the evening, SGA hosted 
a watch party in the Student Union, 
starting at 6 p.m., with Republicans and 
Democrats divided into two different 
rooms. The Democrat room viewed 
CNN coverage, and the Republican room 
watched Fox News. Both rooms had meat 
pies, as well as other snacks provided by 
Sodexo. 

Besides a few exchanges between 
Republican and Democrat students, the 
night was free of commotion. 

In the Democrat room, a student 
walked over from the Republican room 
with a sign that said “Wall.” Another time, 
a Republican student walked in and said, 
“Let’s go Trump! ” This made students angry, 
and they told him to leave. 

In the Republican room, a Democrat 
student returned the gesture, and walked in 
and said “Fuck Trump ! ” 

Meanwhile, some NSU students were 
drinking 2-for-l shots at The Body, where 
there are no separate rooms, except for the 
restrooms and maybe a storage closet. 

At the beginning of the night, the 
Democrat room was packed, and the room 
buzzed with anticipation. However, the mood 
darkened as middle America results were 
reported. 

“If Trump wins, I will feel like America 
does not value or support minorities in this 
country,” student Jonas Skinner said. 

Many Democrat students who voted 
for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton 
expressed anxiety about a Trump presidency. 

“[Trump] is reckless with words,” Ashlyn 
Guidry said. “He incites hate speech... and 
images of a past America. America is going 
backwards towards racism, transphobia, 
homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, etc.... I 
am extremely afraid of our nation’s future 
because I just found out how many ignorant 
bigots occupy our country.” 

Senior Nick Bailey said that he opposes 
Trump because of “everything about him, 
down from his toupee to how he treats 


Regarding the Democratic candidate, 
Bailey agrees with Clinton on moral and social 
issues, as well as her tax policies, her stance on 
women’s rights and healthcare and a plan for 
Obamacare reform. 



Students in the Republican room watched Fox News to keep up with the election status. 


“I think she’s had 30 years of good work 
in public service,” Bailey said. “A lot of the 
things people are saying are wrong with her, 
I don’t agree with. I think she’s immensely 
qualified for the presidency.” 

Students in the Republican room said they 
did not trust Clinton and that Trump was the 
lesser of two evils in the election. 

Junior Casey Long said that Clinton’s 
email scandal, the corruption within the 
Clinton Foundation and the fact that Clinton 
was not indicted are some of the reasons he 
believes the candidate is not trustworthy. 

Long does not agree with Trump’s 
comments about women and said that he “can 
understand if someone is offended,” but he is 
more concerned about Trump’s policies and 
feels “a lot more strongly about Clinton’s 
absolute corruption from money.” 

“I’m not gonna sit here and defend him; 
it’s not my job,” Long said. “...We kinda 
already knew that about Trump. Were we 
really surprised when those tapes came out?” 

Long said that although Trump is not the 
Republican candidate he orginally wanted, 
he can at least agree with some of Trump’s 
platforms, including his stances on the Second 
Amendment and the War on Terror and the 
selection of his running mate Mike Pence. 

Freshmen Republicans Andrea Coon and 
Gabby Savoy said that they are were not able to 
vote because NSU is far from home, but they 
would have voted for Trump. 

Coon and Savoy said that one of their main 
issues with Clinton’s policies is her view on 
abortion. 

“I think it’s the child’s life,” Savoy said. “If 
God wanted that person to have a baby at that 


Photo by Steven Sheerin 

time, that’s the right time for it.” 

The two also agreed that they support 
Trump because of his views on the Second 
Amendment, ISIS and Obamacare. They both 
think that there should be more rules about 
who can possess guns, however. 

Coon said that one of her problems 
with Trump is that “she wishes he was more 
openly Christian.” Both Coon and Savoy 
agree that Trump’s comments toward women 
outweighed Clinton’s scandals. 

“I feel like a lot of the people who come 
out and say Donald Trump is racist and all 
that kind of stuff are really king of stretching 
it,” Trump supporter Sophomore Anthony 
Renteria said. 

Regardless of party affiliation, many NSU 
students said that the election has taken a toll 
on their relationships and social interactions. 

Savoy said people have stopped being 
friends with her because of her support from 
Trump, and Democrat Bailey said that it is 
has put stress on his relationship with his 
parents who are Trump supporters. He feels 
that, as someone who is gay, his parents voting 
for a candidate who could put people on the 
Supreme Court who aren’t for LGBT rights is 
something he takes personally. 

Students from both parties agreed that 
they hope people focus less on the scandals 
and more on the candidates’ policies in the 
next election to reduce tension. 

“Just don’t hate eachother, because even 
if you see the bad things about one candidate 
someone is voting for, you have to see that 
they’re two different people,” Long said. “I 
think it’s just important to be civil. ” 










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Tutoring services are available to students at the Academic 
Service Center in Watson Library. Photo by Steven Sheerin 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

NSU has many tutoring resources to help 
students prepare for their upcoming finals at 
the end of the semester. 

The Academic Success Center, located in 
Watson Library, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Monday through Thursday, with Friday hours 
from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.They offer tutoring for 
French, history, math, music, psychology, 
science, Spanish and writing courses. 

Students can make appointments online, 
but the tutoring center also accepts walk-ins. 
Students are advised to make an appointment 


to meet with the proper tutor. To make an 
appointment online, go to www.nsula.edu/ asc. 

Sponsored by the Athletics Department, 
NSU provides tutoring for athletes on any 
official NSU team, not including intramural 
sports. 

Located upstairs in the Athletic Field- 
house, the study hall is open 24/7, with tutors 
available from Sunday through Thursday. 
Students can make appointments, but walk-ins 
are also welcome. 

Appointments for athletic tutoring can be 
made by talking to any tutoring student in the 
study hall or talking to the students athletic 
adviser. 



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SGA Minutes 

Nov. 7 


-The Leadership Luncheon is 
on Monday, Nov. 14 at 1 1 :30 a.m. 
Students are invited to eat lunch 
with the NSU faculty leadership 
team including President Dr. Jim 
Henderson, Dean Frances Conine 
and Vice President of Student 
Experience Dr. Chris Maggio. 

-Dean Conine signed the 
amended parking bill, and only Dr. 
Henderson’s signature is currently 
needed. 

-SGA President John Pearce will 
attend a Council of Student Body 
Presidents meeting at a technical 
school in Alexandria this Friday Nov. 
1 1 and will give a report of it at the 
following SGA meeting. 

-The last home football game is 
this Saturday, Nov. 1 1 . 

-SGA will buy a large amount 
of scantrons to give to the library 
because the library is running out. 

-Alpha Epsilon Delta requested 
$1,100 through an ORF grant to 
purchase dental and medical supplies 
for the people of Belize. This bill will 
be further discussed and voted on at 
next meeting. 

-Thomas Celles noted that a few 
days ago approximately 20 army 
members who do not attend NSU or 
have parking stickers were allowed 
onto campus around 1 a.m. “They 
came to the Kappa Sigma house 
and were acting belligerent,” Celles 
said. Members of Kappa Sigma went 
to the police gate to find out why 
the men were allowed on campus. 

“It was discovered that it is not a 
police officer working the booth, 
but a foreign exchange student who 
doesn’t speak very good English,” 
Celles said. 

-SGA Vice President Tre Nelson 
noted that he would prefer a police 
officer be present in the gate booth 
rather than a student. 







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Construction on the brick walkway between Kyser Hall and the Student Union is expected to be finished 
this month. Photo by Alec Horton 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

N SU students have been looking 
forward to renovations on campus 
for what seems like forever. The NSU 
administration has major projects planned, but 
many of these projects depend on state funding. 

The Director of Capital Outlay and Special 
Projects for NSU, Gil Gilson, submitted a five- 
year capital outlay plan to the state legislation. 
The state approved funding for some of the 
projects he proposed, but that funding is 
currently suspended. This means that the 
school is ready to work on these projects, but 
they can’t move forward until they receive the 
capital outlay funds. 

However, construction is currently 
happening on campus. Below is a construction 
schedule that includes what is currently being 
done on NSU’s campus and future projects that 
the administration hopes to complete. 


These projects will take place 
over the next five summers: 

- Academic Advising Center (privately 
funded) 

- Re-roofing of campus buildings 

- Roy Hall renovation 

- Building of a multi-purpose assembly 
center 

- Replacement for Kyser Hall 

- Replacement for Student Union 

- Renovation of Bienvenu Hall 

- Renovation of Fournet Hall 

- Renovation of Watson Library 

- Renovation of Columns apartments and 
construction of new apartment buildings 


Current construction schedule 


To be completed this Month 

Replacement of brickway between 
Kyser Hall and the Student Union 


Completed near the middle of 
Spring Semester 2017 

Academic Success Center in Watson 
Library 


May 13 - before Fall Semester 
2017 

Repairs to Sam Sibley Drive 

Spring - beginning of Fall 2017 

Installation of new HVAC system in 
Bienvenu Hall 


Open Before Fall Semester 
2017 

Renovation of Yarnado Residential Hall 
Y arnado will be a residential college for 
Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) and 
will hold 180 beds 


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11/01 

• Public assistance with 
vehicle on College Avenue 

11/02 

• Suspicious person (ongoing) 

11/04 

• Fight in the WRAC 
1541 hhrs (ongoing) 

• Fight in the WRAC 
1714 hhrs (ongoing) 


Two physical altercations at WRAC 


SHANIA DAUTERIVE 

Contributing Reporter 

BPCC students engaged in two physical 
altercations at the WRAC on Nov. 3, the first 
fight happened at 3:30 p.m. and the second 
at 5 p.m. 

Chief of Police Jon Caliste said that the 
police made arrests and that the two students 
have been charged and banned from the 
WRAC and school. It is still an ongoing 
investigation between the WRAC and Dean 


of Students Frances Conine. 

“The WRAC is still perfectly safe to 
go to,” Caliste said. “We are sending 
extra officers at night so safety isn’t being 
jeopardized.” 

Caliste encourages students to always call 
campus police instead of just watching if they 
suspect something is getting out of hand. 

“We’re always here to make this place of 
higher learning safe,” Caliste said. 

For more information, call the campus 
police at 318-357-5431. 



Photo by Alec Horton 








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Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations in the historic district attract locals and 
visitors to the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Photo by Alec Horton 


City hosts 90 th annual Christmas Festival 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

E very evening from late November 
to early January, downtown 
Natchitoches is illuminated with 
100 lighted set pieces and over 300,000 
Christmas lights. 

Preparations for the festival are not 
limited to the holiday months. In fact, the 
planning and coordinating of the festival is 
an ongoing, year-round project. 

The process begins with a recap 
meeting in January to discuss the outcome 
of the previous festivals, and meetings 
continue into April to prepare for the next 
Christmas festival. 

In mid-September, city workers 
prepare to hang the lights and set pieces. 
This process takes some time, as the lights 
stretch from Second Street all the way 
down Front Street and across the bridge, 
lighting up the river for the holiday season. 

Dr. Vicki Parrish, a professor at NSU's 
School of Creative & Performing Arts, has 
been actively involved in the Christmas 
Festival since 1976. 

In 2000, Dr. Parrish began working 
with the Natchitoches Chamber of 
Commerce to enlist NSU Theatre students 
to march in the parade. 

“What is wonderful is how our theater 
students relate to the children along the 
parade route,” Parrish said. “I think it is 
as exciting for the students as it is for the 
audiences who see them.” 


Freshman theatre major Anna 
Gautreaux is eager to dress up as Wendy 
Darling from Peter Pan and walk in the 
parade alongside her friends and peers. 
Gautreaux has marched in parades before 
with band and color guard in high school, 
but she is excited to portray one of her 
favorite childhood characters and put 
smiles on faces. 

Festival & Events Director of the 
Natchitoches Historic District Business 
Association, Jill Leo, has spent months 
securing a committee and sponsors for the 
event. 

“We have around 15 head chairs, 30 
city workers and 100 volunteers,” Leo 
said. 

Leo said that the Christmas festival has 
received a lot of positive feedback from the 
community, local families and visitors over 
the years. 

“Adults who came as children see it as 
a tradition now,” Leo said. “If you stand 
still on Front Street with the snow machine 
blasting, and you have a moment to take it 
all in, it's beautiful to see the tradition and 
have those memories.” 

The committee responsible for the 
events of the festival have shifted their 
focus to the children, ensuring that they 
are able to have fun and make lasting 
holiday memories. 

This year, the Natchitoches Christmas 
Festival is Nov. 19 through Jan. 6. For 
a full schedule of events, visit www. 
natchitocheschristmas . com. 


The Current Sauce’s 
Festival of Lights picks 


Nov. 19 

“Turn on the Holidays ! ” 

Front St., 11 a.m. — 9 p.m. 

Christmas lights will be turned on to 
kick off the Christmas celebrations. 

Nov. 25-26 

Christmas in the Park 
Dark Woods 

Stroll through a winter wonderland of 
Christmas lights and displays. 

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 

NSU Christmas Gala 
A. A. Fredericks, 7 p.m. 

Come see NSU s annual Christmas 
spectacular show featuring CAPA 
students and faculty 

Dec. 3 

Festival of Lights Parade 
Front St. and Second St., 1 p.m. 

The annual parade features live 
music and parade floats and attracts 
thousands of tourists and locals. 

Dec. 6 

“Lessons & Carols” 

Immaculate Conception, 7:30 p.m. 
The NSU Chamber Choir will perform 
Christmas music in the Catholic church 
established in 1 728. 


Park service offers 
bike ride to learn 
about local history 

TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

The Cane River Creole National 
Historical Park and Bike Natchitoches are 
partnering for their second annual Fall 
Bike Rides. 

A ranger at the Cane River Creole 
National Historical Park, Tim Van Cleave, 
started the program in 2014 as a part of 
the National Park Service's Healthy Parks 
for Healthy People initiative. 

Since 2014, the Cane River Creole 
National Historical Park has done three 
spring rides and three fall rides each year. 

“I thought it would be a good idea to 
get people to ride bikes along Cane River,” 
Van Cleave said. “Doing so is a nice way to 
stay healthy while learning about the area' s 
history.” 

This particular ride is special because 
Cherokee Plantation will open its doors to 
the public. 

“Cherokee is privately owned, so 
people rarely get to see it,” Chief of 
Interpretation Barbara Justice said. 
“Participants also get to tour it for free, 
which is really cool.” 

The ride is approximately six miles 
round-trip and will stop at St. Charles 
Chapel for an additional tour on the way 
back to Oakland Plantation. 

“This isn't a race,” President of Bike 
Natchitoches Carey Blanchard said. 
“We'll be riding at about eight to 10 
miles per hour so that we can really take 
everything in.” 

The event's hosts believe that this 
ride is a good opportunity for NSU 
students to learn more about the history of 
Natchitoches. 

“Students often stay here for four years 
and then go off to start their careers,” Van 
Cleave said. “This ride would provide an 
opportunity for them to learn about this 
area's history before they leave.” 

There are slots for 20 people on this 
ride, and 10 spots are already claimed. 
Students who are interested in joining the 
ride are highly encouraged to claim their 
spots now. 

All participants are required to wear 
a helmet throughout the ride. The park 
has twelve bikes and helmets available 
for riders, which can be reserved through 
Ranger Tim. 

All other riders are encouraged to 
bring their own biking gear. 

The final ride is on Saturday, Nov. 12. 
Riders will depart Oakland Plantation at 9 
a.m. and ride to Cherokee Plantation for a 
tour. Reservations must be made prior to 
the ride. Those who are interested in the 
bike tour should contact Ranger Tim at 
(318) 356-8441 extension 201. 






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Mariann Wilson, Dr. Emily Allen of LSMSA, Dr. Andy Briseno and Dr. Thomas Reynolds deliver the faculty group slam poem about their 
desire to help all of their students with coursework. Not Pictured: Dr. Allison Rittmayer. Photo by Valentina Perez 


BAPS competes with faculty in poetry slam 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

Faculty woes, dating blues and sexual 
schemes were the loudest topics at NSU’s 
first faculty versus students poetry slam. 

Three slam teams formed to compete in 
the student union ballroom on Nov. 7: Closer 
to Dead Poet Society (faculty team). Silent 
Squad and NWP. In a two round slam, NWP 
took the win with a 9.9 out of 10 score in the 
first and then a 9.5 in the second. 

Each round consisted of three 


KNWD to host 

JOSHUA FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

Because the university’s annual football 
game against Stephen F. Austin will take 
place in Texas this season, last year’s 
KNWD music festival to celebrate was not 
an event option for the student-run radio 
station. General Manager Courtney Page 
knew that something new had to take its 


performances from each team; president of 
The Brainy Acts Poetry Society (BAPS) Kevin 
Shorter summoned each team randomly 
throughout the slam to “spit” their poetry. 

Among the judges. Professor Emeritus 
Julie Kane, previous advisor to BAPS, sat 
in the front row and gave scores to each 
performer. Director of the Department of 
English, Foreign Language and Cultural 
Studies Dr. James Mischler also judged the 
competition. 

English Instructor Mariann Wilson 
helped create the idea of the faculty v. student 


place... but what? 

Early in the semester, Page sat down 
with Director of Live Music and Events 
Brett Stephenson to create NSU’s first Neon 
Inferno, an Electronic Dance Music festival. 

“I really wanted to have a fall concert,” 
Page said. “Brett loves EDM and electronic, 
so we said, Tet’s do it, let’s make something 
different.’” 

Page said the fest could not come at a 
better time. Taking place on Normal Hill, 


slam, and participated with both an individual 
piece and in the faculty group piece. 

“I really enjoyed the show,” Wilson 
said. “The crowd was pretty good and lively 
and it was exciting to see students express 
themselves and the faculty which is really 
cool.” 

Sophomores Jessica Watkins said the 
show was shocking and fun. 

“It was awesome,” Watkins said. “I loved 
the different point of views and the erotic 
poems that were performed towards the end.” 

Senior music major Mark Payton agreed 


the festival will bring students together at 
NSU’s historic white columns. 

“It’s going to be a smaller, more intimate 
event,” Page said. “We have a really good 
light show prepared; we probably spent 
most of our money there honestly.” 

Stephenson has worked on many events 
in the past, but nothing on this scale. 

“This has definitely been a lot more 
work, but I’ve learned a lot,” Stephenson 
said. “One of the most exciting things 
has been being able to communicate with 
artists and plan something to give back to 
students.” 

Aside from music, Stephenson said 
students can look forward to the Neon 
Garden, a more artsy side of the festival. 

“It’s basically going to be a huge tent 
with black lights, glowing plants and trippy 
visuals,” Stephenson said. 

Page said KNWD plans to break out 
promotional items they’ve been holding 
under lock and key just for the occasion. 

“We’ve got new sunglasses, new cups 
and t-shirts,” Page said. “We’ll also be 
picking three random winners for swag 
bags. I’ve been guarding them with my life.” 

Page said the event is in collaboration 
with SAB and that KNWD is grateful for 
their help with the festival production. 

On Nov. 10, the festival will start at 6:30 
with a pre-show by KNWD DJ Coordinator, 
Xavier Matthews. Djenko, Yultron, Klutch 
and John Luke will also perform. 

“We have really good artists coming in, 
and I hope students will come out and enjoy 
themselves,” Stephenson said. “My main 
goal is to be able to give back good music to 
Northwestern.” 



its first electronic music festival 


that we all “needed to pray” after hearing 
some of the content that was performed. 

Associate Professor of English Dr. 
Andrew Briseno ended the competition with 
his poem for Closer to Dead Poetry Society. 
Briseno grabbed the mic off the stand and 
paced as he performed a section of his eight- 
piece poem. 

In the end, Briseno said that he believed 
there was no certain winner because all 
students and staff showed amazing talent. 

“I think both student groups tied for first, 
definitely,” Briseno said. 



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Soccer loses in Southland Conference Tournament 



Forward Cache' Haley (right) plays for 84 minutes in the game 
against Nicholas on Oct. 21. The Demons tied, 0-0. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

T he NSU soccer team lost in the 
quarterfinals of the Southland 
Conference Championship 
against McNeese State 1-0 in overtime, 
but they had an historic season, winning 
10 games, their most since 2009. 

NSU won seven games out of 1 1 in 
conference play, their most since 2004, 
and they also went to the Southland 
Conference Tournament for the first 
time since 2008. 

“We really had an amazing season,” 
Cache’ Haley said. “Even though we’re 
disappointed with the tournament 
results, we’re all really proud of what 
we did.” 

The Demons traveled to Corpus 
Christie drawing third out of six in the 
tournament where they played the sixth 
seed McNeese. 

The entire game was a defensive 
struggle, with neither team coming 
through with a goal. The game went 
into overtime, and four minutes in, the 
Demons saw McNeese’s Dayna Garcia 
score 10 yards from the goal, the ball 
shooting past NSU goalkeeper Alex 
Latham. 

“The defense has been great all year, 
and it’s unfortunate the way it ended,” 
NSU Head Coach George Van Linder 


said. “We played well on the back end 
in keeping McNeese out of the goal (in 
regulation), and our attacking players 
want to be in a situation where they can 
score goals so it doesn’t have to be so 
close for the defensing players.” 

Houston Baptist won the conference 
tournament, beating Stephen L. Austin 
1 - 0 . 

“It was a tough way to go out,” 
Latham said, who saved five shots on the 
night. “I still have the utmost respect 


with the way my team fought and went 
out.” 

The Demons will look to build 
momentum for the next season and 
Van Linder’s sixth season, hoping 
to improve on their historic 10-win 
season. 

“We finally broke into the conference 
tournament, and it was great to be in 
it,” Latham said. “We know we can go 
further and beyond next season, even to 
win it. We can’t wait till next year.” 


Basketball to play Texas A&M 



Entering 2015-2016, Woodley 
is the nation's leading returning 
scorer at 22.2 points per game. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

The NSU basketball team will make their 
season debut on Nov. 11 when they travel to 
College Station to take on Texas A&M. 

The Demons ended last season 8-20 and 
the team is ready to boost that record early 
on in the new season. 

“Last year was not a good year for us,” 
Center Ishmael Lane said. “We made too 
many mental mistakes in games, and it cost 
us. This year, I know we’re going to be 
improved.” 

The team wants to qualify for the 
Southland Conference Tournament this year 
after missing out last season for the first time 
in three years. 

Team member Zeek Woodley, a two-time 
All-Louisiana and pre-season Mid-Major All- 


American, is ready to take the Demons to the 
tournament. Woodley has been one of the 
most accurate shooters in the country each of 
the past two seasons and is set to break Billy 
Reynolds’ scoring record of 2,009 points, 
who played from 1973-1977. 

“I’m just trying to make the team better,” 
Zeek Woodley said. “I’m always happy to 
help the team. We’ve all worked hard this 
summer to make the team better, and I think 
we’re going to prove it. 

NSU will play the Aggies of Texas A&M 
this Lriday and will take on Linal Lour finalist 
Oklahoma in Norman on Nov. 13. 

“We know we got a tough stretch of 
games in the beginning, but we are all 
looking forward to the challenge,” Woodley 
said. “We need to be tested, and what better 
way then to travel to Oklahoma, a team who 
was in the Linal Lour just last year?” 



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DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 


November 


Volleyball vs. Stephen L. 
Austin 
7 p.m. 


Women’s Basketball vs. 
LeTourneau 
12:30 p.m. 


Men’s Basketball at 
Texas A&M 
8 p.m. 


Volleyball vs. Sam 
Houston State 
1 p.m. 


Lootballvs. Sam 
Houston State 
6 p.m. 


Men’s Basketball at 
Oklahoma 
4 p.m. 



Nov. 2-8 
Athletic Scores 


Volleyball 


11/5 LOSS vs. Central 

2-3 

Arkansas 


Soccer 


11/2 LOSS vs. McNeese 

0-1 

Football 


10/22 LOSS at Abilene 

22-25 

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Therapy helps students with mental stress 



Sophomore Jacob Farnsley decided to see a therapist after he realized a change in his day-to-day self. Photo by Steven Sheerin 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

News Editor 

W hen I decided to reach out 
to a therapist, many people 
thought that I was strong, but 
not everyone had that same mindset. Today, 
people are often shamed for their anxiety, 
depression and other mental health related 
issues, especially in universities. 

I, too, approached the idea of therapy with 
suspicion. 

However, the responsibility of college 
weighed on me enough to make the phone 
call. I realized that, since coming to NSU, I 
feel darker than normal. 


Before this mood change, I was overtly 
happy, chipper and could always lighten up a 
room. But lately. I’ve felt down and strangely 
out of place. 

According to the Kim Foundation, a 
foundation that strives for better awareness 
and handling of mental illness, “an estimated 
26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older 
or about one in four adults suffer from a 
diagnosable mental disorder.” 

Considering that one in four adults 
suffer from mental illness, I feel comfortable 
admitting that therapy was the right decision 
for me, and others have had the same 
experience. 

Junior history major Selene Allain-Kovacs 


has been going to therapy for six months and 
said that she sees a difference within herself. 
Allain-Kovacs said that having validation 
for her actions and emotions, and someone 
unbiased to talk to helps. 

“Mental health and pyshical health are 
equal parts who you are,” Allain-Kovacs said. 
“If one of those is lacking, you are not the 
person you can be. ” 

Based on prior experiences with therapy, 
Allain-Kovacs believed that she could handle 
things on her own, but her current therapist 
has changed that. 

“I’ve learned that with the right therapist, 
you can make leaps and bounds in ways you 
didn’t know you could.” 


As someone who suffers from extreme 
anxiety, it makes me angry when people put 
other people down for things that they cannot 
control. 

In the short two months that I’ve had 
therapy. I’ve noticed a drastic change in the 
way that I handle everyday situations and 
emotions. I am starting to understand myself 
better, and I know more about what I need to 
strive as a functioning human being. 

Therapy helps a person analyze why 
they do the things they do, and getting to 
that point is the biggest challenge. Self- 
realization and introspection are only the 
first steps. Then comes the real work: actual 
change. 


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NSU election Twitter feed 


Morgan Woodle 

@morgan_woodle 

If your a feminist feel free to unfollow 
but a women should not run our 
country.. Period. 

11/8/16, 8:46 PM 


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If Trump wins and I get deported follow me 
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AGAIN mmm #TrumpPence16 

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I never thought I would live to see the day I 
said this but in light of these candidates, I'm 
going to miss Obama 

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Megan Boyanton 

@meganululani 

96 years ago, women could finally vote. 51 
years ago, African Americans got that right. 
Celebrate these recent victories & vote. 

#lmWithHer 


Madeline Briggs 

@madelinelynnn 

If you're voting for Hillary Clinton solely 
because she is a woman, you're what's 
wrong with this country. 

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No matter what happens, I will always 
respect everybody along with their opinions. 
That's what makes this country great. 

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Christmas in the Park 

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Football to wrap up 
season in Nacogdoches on 
Saturday 

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Cute pets. Because why 
not? 

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opinions 


Students share thoughts 
on what the Trump 
administration could do 

page 7 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 


G ood Day and fork ‘em demons to you all. 

For many of us, this election has been a YUGE 
disaster. Believe me. No one feels more 
disastrous than I do. 

No one has escaped this election unscathed. I mean, we 
have all seen the Facebook posts. You know it. I know it. 
Everybody knows it. Ask any demon at NSU. Believe me. 

And when you look at what’s happening at Louisiana’s 
universities, all our money is going down the drain because 
of these budget cuts. The Crooked Legislature is using our 
TOPS money as apiggy bank. Billions and billions of dollars. 
The nasty, nasty legislature. VERY rigged. 

And the problem with these political Facebook feuds- 
-which are a TOTAL DISASTER by the way— is that does 
anyone win? No. And let me say this: I am the best anyone 
has ever been at Facebook, so I know. I am the single best 
Facebooker. Do you know how many friends I have? Billions 
and billions. A tremendous amount. And Mark Zuckerberg? 
Not even close to me. Total loser. 

And here’s the thing. The Demons are suffering because 
of the very, very corrupt budget-cutters and the people 


who have lost all politeness. We need to rebuild politeness. 
And my plan is to build a private Facebook wall. I want to 
keep out extended family with their bad opinions about the 
election. How bad are the opinions, you ask? Very, very bad. 
The baddest opinions I have ever seen. 

So here’s the thing: If we don’t build a Facebook wall, 
your family will talk to you about the election. And they 
won’t stop until there is no thanks and no giving. They will 
steal all of your thanks. And we need to stop them. 

And I like my cousins. I really do. But we need to repeal 
and replace public Facebook settings. And you know what 
will happen if we don’t? Our souls will be mashed like 
potatoes. And we will be the most mashed a potato has ever 
been. We won’t even be a solid food anymore. Just thankless 
puddles. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it. So I 
have three words for you: po.ta.toes. 


Satire 




Po ■ ta ■ to 

/pa'tado/ 

noun 

plural noun: potatoes 

a starchy plant tuber that is one of the most 
important food crops, cooked and eaten as 
a vegetable. 


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facebook feud 


Students express post-election thoughts 



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Privilege harms queer people 

f 

CALEB HOWELL { 

Contributing Writer 

I 

Is everybody being overdramatic that Trump has been chosen as president-elect? I 

Here are some things you should know, particularly if you voted for Trump. I 

I, in no way, pretend to speak for the entirety of the LGBTQIA+ community, but as I 

a queer person, the election has been more foreboding than for any non-queer person. J] 

Let me educate you. Being trans, gay, bi, intersex, etc. is not a choice. This is 2016, j] 

and I am here to tell you that if you honestly believe that there are people who actively I 

choose to be persecuted and to be treated as second-class citizens, you are severely 1 

misinformed. J 

If you believe that queer people desire to be treated the way they are, the train of I 

social thought has left you at the station. The possibility that you have never met or lj 

befriended a queer person is unfathomable and infinitesimal. What evades me is this: in * 

this election, how could anyone possibly vote conservative? Allow me to provide some 
insight into the “gay agenda. ” Queer people want to enjoy the rights of all other people. | 

The funny thing about American politics is that my previous statement is, more often 
than not, a point of contention. Assuming the reader is straight, my ultimate goal is to , 

share your rights. I want the right to get married and to not be discriminated against and | 

to not be fired for being queer, of course, but I also want young people who are still in 
the closet to not be required to experience my past experiences. I do not want young 
people to ever feel that there is no chance of living a life free of discrimination, fear, and 
exile. 

With the appointment of Mike Pence as Vice President, a man who actively endorses 
anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, my aversion to the Republican party was made more acute. 

I have friends who voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence: the very people in this 
presidential election who most want to impede my right to live as any other American. 

Here is my response: I understand that you may not believe in anti-LGBTQIA+ 
legislation, but you voted for the people who do. 

I do not care how “progressive” you are. You did not run for president or vice 
president; Donald Trump and Mike Pence did. In fact, the feeling of betrayal is 
made more stark by the fact that “friends” of mine voted this way. Maybe they do not 
understand how much this election meant to me, to other queer people. Perhaps we 
should stop toying with the rights of another human being as if my needs as an American 
citizen are “just another issue” like gun control or tax policy. I 

Frankly, I wish I had the privilege to approach an election and to pick and to choose 
the policies with which I agree most. Unfortunately, to maintain the rights queer people 
like me have fought for over decades is foremost in my mind politically. Forgive us if we 
need time to mourn and time to reflect on the current situation in American politics. 

Forgive us if we are not happy. I am not upset because “my side” lost the election. This 
is not a game. I am in fear. I woke up on Wednesday to friends posting the number to 
suicide hotlines. This is not being overdramatic. We are fully aware of the danger we 
face each day for being queer. 

In the aftershock of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year, we are 
made more and more aware that to most people, we are lesser and deserving of violence. 

If you voted for Trump, shame on you for calling yourself “progressive.” Shame on you 
for sitting idly by, complacent in your privilege, while queer people live in fear. 


Trump will fix broken America 

JOHN HURT 

Contributing Writer 

I voted for Donald Trump. Now, before you jump on me, let me explain why, and even 
before I tell you why I voted for him, let me dispel rumors. It’s not because I’m a bigoted, 
racist, xenophobic, islamophobic, misogynist who wanted to build the Great Wall of Mexico 
and deny the LGBTQLA+ Community along with women, human rights. I voted for him 
because I believe in America. 

Let me give you some background as to why I could possibly support that guy. In a sense. 
I’m a fourth generation small engine mechanic and salesman. My great grandpa founded L.P. 
Saw Shop and worked out of his shed at home. My father took over in the 80s, and my father’s 
father works there now with me and my dad. 

The shop has been the back bone of my family for 30+ years. That with growing up in 
small town Saline, La some form of blue collar work is all our community has ever known. 
Military service runs deep in my family too. 

Now, I wasn’t just a pine tree blue collar kid. My mother is an LCSW, and I’ve gone to 
work with her on many jobs, so I’ve been out of my little country, Christian, mostly white 
bubble. 

His slogan of “Make America Great Again” appealed to me. To me, America has been 
broken. Not throwing shade on President Obama, but I remember in 2008 when Detroit 
went down and thousands lost jobs. I remember Bernie Madoff was making off with people’s 
money. We’ve been on a downhill incline for a long time. 

I believe Trump can bring back jobs from 2008 when CEO’s shipped out our paychecks 
to other countries. Pension plans have been cut. People have been left without retirement 
they deserve. I believe in Made in America. At my father’s shop we do all we can to sell U.S. 
made products. America needs jobs. I want more stuff made here to feed more families here. 

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was horrible, and our 2016 flooding was bad too. Trump 
came down to help us out. Ted Cruz didn’t come, Jeb Bush was nowhere to be found, or any 
other leader for that matter. But Trump came. He comforted us in our time of need. 

I voted for him in hopes of draining the D.C. Swamp. Time and time again, leaders on 
both sides of the congressional isle gain power and forget us down. Our Declaration of 
Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and inspired by my ancestor George Mason, 
has the phrase, “All men are created equal. ” That is as true as the ocean is salty, so how come 
time and time again, we the people of the United States gets left out? Drain that swamp. 

This last reason will probably cause the most stink until I explain, but I voted for him to 
bring back some old school America. No, I don’t mean 1950s racism and segregation or 
the 60s Vietnam when men my age were drafted into a no-win war. I want to go back to the 
days of Andy Griffin’s Mayberry if you will, the days my parents and grandparents talk about 
fondly. When things moved slower, people seemed nicer, gas was cheaper and a dollar went 
farther. 

1 940s America seemed to become one in efforts to support our troops to win WWII. In 
1961, John F. Kennedy vowed to put a man on the moon, and we did. We put everything we 
had into it. America time and time again has been a land of innovation. We invented flight, 
the light bulb, the phone, refined electricity, built the assembly line and so much more. 
Here lately, I feel we’ve been stagnate and that we have let the world down. I believe we can 
get back to that. Actually, I know we can. That’s why I voted for Donald Trump— to make 
America great again. 






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T his winter. Dark Woods will put 
the monsters to bed and light up 
the woods for the holidays with 
Christmas in the Park. 

“There’s nothing like this anywhere else in 
town,” Mardy Summerlin, owner of the park, 
said. “There are over 150,000 lights spread 
around the woods.” 

Along with their unusual light display along 
the 1.3 mile path, visitors can admire a newly 
built Santa house, set pieces, singing Christmas 
trees and 3-D displays. Visitors experience the 
nightly bonfire after completing the trail. 

“Those who attended Christmas in the 
Park last year will recognize some displays, 


but will still have plenty of new sights to 
look forward to this time around,” Dark 
Woods’ head of public relations Laramie 
Williams said. 

Dark Woods owns the only miniature 
donut machine in Louisiana and will put the 
equipment to good use this Christmas. The 
machine makes about 100 dozen mini donuts 
per hour. 

“Visitors will be immersed in the woods,” 
Summerlin said. “It’s a lot more engaging than 
the display downtown.” 

Christmas in the Park will run from Nov. 
25 to Dec. 25. Tickets are $5 and children 
3 and under get in for free. The park will 
be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 


Students and faculty present ‘Power’ 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

A lecture series hosted by the Scholars’ 
College on Wednesday called “Big Ideas” 
will focus on the theme of power. The theme 
coincides with the recent election outcome and 
is meant to challenge the concept of power by 
analyzing it from the perspective of different 
disciplines. 

Two faculty members and two students will 
present, and questions from the audience will 
be accepted after each lecture. 

Creator of the event and Scholars’ College 
professor Keith Dromm described Big Ideas 
as something that “would contribute to the 
intellectual and community life of the entire 
university.” The premise of the event is to hold 
it once a semester over a different broad topic. 


“We use the basic concepts of love, power, 
justice and fear in our everyday language, but 
we all have different ideas of what they mean,” 
Caleb Howell, a Junior Scholars’ student, said. 
“Big Ideas is an opportunity to explore and 
define these ambiguous concepts in a way that 
uses multiple approaches to present them to an 
audience.” 

Howell will analyze power in the context 
of physics and use the definition of power as 
the force enacted on an object to move. This 
definition of power will be used to explain 
privilege as a social power. 

Senior Scholars’ student Nick Bailey invites 
everyone to “get the word out” for this event 
“so we can feature a wide variety of opinions.” 

Everyone from the NSU community is 
invited to attend Big Ideas on Wednesday, 
November 1 6 at 6 p.m. in Hanchey Gallery free 
of admission. 



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SGA Minutes 

Nov. 14 

- SGA President John Pearce remarked on 
the success of the Leadership Luncheon. 

- SGA is looking for a new architect for 
the Stage Project (the one being considered 
previously was out of the price range). 

- Dr. Henderson signed the Parking Lot 
Bill. 

- There will be a state cross-country meet 
on campus Nov. 1 5 and 16; this will cause an 
increase of on-campus traffic. 

- Pearce confirmed with the campus 
police, and the officers confirmed that student 
workers are working the Caspari gate. The 
office explained that the goal is to train student 
workers to properly work the gate, so that the 
trained police officer can patrol the rest of 
campus. 

- Campus police are accessing the 
information from the extended gate hours trial. 

- Pierce congratulated the soccer team on 
having their best season since 2005, and the 
volleyball team on making it in the upcoming 
conference tournament. 

- The Shreveport voting bill will be put on 
emergency status after Thanksgivingbreak. 
The bill is to show the cooperation between 
each campuses’ student government. 

- In the next meeting, there will be a 
resolution to declare Tuesday, Nov. 29 “a 
day of giving.” This day will advocate both 
alumni and current students to give back to the 
university. 

- This Thursday there will be a post- 
election stress-handling session on the 3rd 
floor of the student union at 3 p.m. 

- There is a meeting on Dec. 8 to form a 
committee that will be in charge of the search 
for NSU’s new president. 

- SGA Vice President Tre Nelson 
encouraged students to voice their concerns/ 
feelings about who the new university 
president will be. 

- A football resolution that will look into 
the current football coaching staff is in the 
process of being written. 

- The state intramural football and 
volleyball championships will be on campus 
this weekend. 

- The SGA Christmas party will be Dec. 8 
in the Natchitoches room. 

- Updated guidelines for organizational 
grants will be presented at the next meeting. 

- Alpha Epsilon Delta’s ORF requests 
for $ 1 , 1 00 to purchase dental and medical 
supplies for the people of Belize was approved. 

- Ashley Wolf spoke about the numerous 
sexual assaults that occurred on campus 
following the election. She spoke of possibly 
improving the university’s methods of 
informing students when these incidents 
occur on campus. Pearce and Wolf will meet 
to further discuss possibly improving the 
university’s policy for notifying students when 
their is a report of sexual assault or sexual 
misconduct. 





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Argus introduces new art 


ARGUS 

Editorial Staff 


A rgus Art and Literary Magazine 
has implemented a series of 
improvements for the 2016-2017 
school year. Improvements have included the 
commissioning of a mural and holding a logo 
contest. 

“We’re trying to establish a brand image,” 
Editor-in-Chief Maggie Harris said. “Many 
students don’t submit to the 
magazine, simply because 
they don’t know about the 
magazine.” 

The logo contest 
was held from Sept. 

26 through Oct. 

31. Senior Graphic 
Design artist Jessica 
Cross submitted the 
winning piece. The 
logo, a minimalist peacock, 
represents the story behind 
Argus. 

The myth goes that the Queen of the 
Gods, Hera, put all of the eyes of the one- 
hundred eyed giant Argus on the peacock. 
The logo is to be placed on the back of all 
future editions of the publication. 

“It encompasses all that Argus 
represents-brilliantly conceptualized 



art,” Argus copy editor Katie Rayburn said 
about the new logo design. 

In the Argus office, passer sby can now 
behold a vibrant mural of the Argus peacock. 
The mural was done by freshman Current 
Sauce contributor, Racheal Coyne. Over the 
course of several weeks, Coyne created her 
masterpiece. The Argus staff is excited to have 
this representation of student art in the office. 

“I think the new mural was really well done 
and expertly crafted by one of NSU’s finest art 
students,” assistant editor Nick 
Jones said. “It symbolizes 
what Argus means to this 
university— a variety 
of colors merging 
together to create 
something beautiful. ” 
Students still 
have time to submit 
their work for the 41st 
edition of the magazine. 
Constellations. Argus will 
be accepting submissions until 
December 2, 2016. Cash prizes are 
awarded to winners in each category. Students 
from every department are encouraged to submit 
their original creative works. Students must use 
their university issued email address to submit. 

Argus Art and Literary magazine is a 
student-run publication of Northwestern State 
University. 



Rachel Coyne painted the mural for the Argus office in Kyser Hall. 


Students who are interested in submitting their works of Fine Art, 
Photography, Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry may do so at 
ArgusNSU.Submittable.com/ Submit 


Archived editions of the award-winning magazine can be found on the 

Argus webpage at 

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What’s in your grocery cart, girl? 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

I n the midst of all the chaos happening 
around the world, why not ask the real 
questions? For example, what do your 
sporadic trips to the coveted Natchitoches 
Walmart say about you as a person? 

It can be speculated that there are two 
extreme types of people in the world: 
those whose make a detailed, organized 
grocery list, and those who know they 
have $30 in their bank account but still 
shop entirely on impulse. 

This is a spectrum, and many of us fall 
somewhere in between. Let’s be real with 
ourselves for a second. You tell yourself 
thatyou’H exercise as much “self control” 
as you can, but when faced with seasonal, 
limited time Oreos, who could honestly 
pass up such a golden opportunity? How 
could a person deny their own destiny? 

We’ve turned to two NSU students for 
answers regarding the complex nature of 
the relationship between broke college 
students and grocery shopping. 

Freshman history education major 
John Lee Hurt claims that he is lucky 
enough to have three to four nights per 
week where he finds the time to cook 
meals for himself. He frequents Walmart, 
and although he generally maintains an 
idea of what he wants to buy, most of his 
shopping is on impulse. 

“This week I bought coconut milk for 
a friend and candy for when I play bingo 


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at the nursing home on November 20th,” 
Hurt said. 

A somewhat complicated part of 
human nature is the fact that we are 
seemingly unable to leave a store without 
buying at least one thing that we didn’t 
exactly plan on buying. When asked what 
his weird Walmart go-to item was, Hurt 
replied with ammunition. 

“I mostly buy shotgun ammo, I use 
it for hunting small game and sport 
shooting,” Hurt said. 

Sophomore criminal justice major 
Chaselyn Lewis has a bit of a different 
process. Lewis seems to be on the more 
organized side of the spectrum, and 
although she doesn’t make a list, she is 
the woman who knows what she wants 
and stays extremely consistent when 
shopping. 

“Every trip to Walmart consists of me 
buying a three pack of Bayside Breeze 
scented car trees,” Lewis said. “You can 
never have too many.” 

Lewis feels the struggle of balancing 
school work and social life, and said that 
it can be difficult to cook regularly for 
herself. 

Consumer Reports confirm that 
people can save around 25 percent just 
from picking store brands instead of name 
brands. Out of 24,000 people surveyed, 
about 72 percent claim to buy store brand 
items. 

In tough economic times, what is the 
shame in going for the cheapest option? 



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The Demons lost their last home game of the season on Saturday to the Bearkats. The results of this 
weekend's game at Stephen F. Austin will determine if the football team can break their 5-game 
losing streak. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


Football to end season in Nacogdoches 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

N SU did something that no other 
team could do against #1 ranked 
Sam Houston last game, they took 
a lead. Down early 7-0, they tied the game 
with 79 yard pass touchdown from J.D. 
Almond to Bobby Chan-Chan. On their 
next drive, the Demons drove 51 yards on 
6 plays, finishing off with a 14 yard run 
from De’Mard Llorens to go up 13-7. 

The Demons weren’t able to stop 
one of the best offenses in the Football 
Bowl Subdivision, or the FCS, with Sam 


Houston scoring 34 straight points and 
eventually winning the game 48-16. The 
Bearkats average almost 54 points per 
game, the best in the FCS. 

“They look like the No. 1 team in the 
country,” Demons head coach Jay Thomas 
said. “That offense can go the distance in 
any play and they churn out the yardage. 
But our guys did a lot of good things out 
there, competed their tails off, and I’m 
very proud of how they battled tonight.” 

The Demon football team will play 
their last game of the season this Saturday 
against rivals Stephen F. Austin in 
Nacogdoches, Texas. SFA are 4-6 on the 


year, with their big win at McNeese State, 
31-28. 

“Of course, we’re all disappointed with 
how the season has turned out,” receiver 
Chan-Chan said. “We’re all excited to end 
on a high note and beat SFA this week. 
We know we can do it, we just can’t make 
mistakes.” 

The Demons will play in their last 
game on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. to take on 
SFA in the “Battle for Chief Caddo.” 
NSU won the last game between the two 
teams, winning 33-17 at home, and lead 
the overall series 30 wins, 19 losses and 
2 ties. 


VLADISLAVA LITVINOVA 

Contributing Reporter 

j 

I, The Current Sauce sat down with NSU 
| women’s basketball player, Cheyenne 
| Brown. Brown answered questions 
about her early years, hobbies and 
preparation for the season. Brown 
also gave some advice to beginners. 

Q: To begin with, when did you first 
become interested in basketball? 
Who helped you reach where you are 
now in your career? 

A: I have been playing basketball since 
my childhood. When I was a child, I was 
highly active, and my mother always 
supported me when I played. 

Q: Did you play any other sports? 

A: Yes, I played softball and did track 
and field when I was studying at school, 
but these sports were like a hobby for 
me. When I went to my first training 
session for basketball, I immediately 
fell in love with the sport. Now I cannot 
even imagine my life without practices, 
games and competitions. 

Q: You are already a sophomore. 
Is it difficult to study and to play 
basketball at the college level? 

A: It is very difficult to combine 
practices and classes. If you want to 
be successful in both areas, you have 
to eat healthy, sleep well, be active and 
eliminate wasted time (such as playing 
video games, surfing the Internet, and 
watching lots of TV programs). Of 
course, sometimes it can be boring and 
annoying, but I treat it philosophically: 
‘What does not kill you, makes you 
stronger.’ All these difficulties make 
me more responsible and focused; 
these qualities will help me a lot in the 
future. 

Q: How were you preparing during 
the off-season period? 

A: Me and my teammates practice, work 
out at the gym and follow each other’s 
diets. It was tough time for all of us, 
but I am sure our efforts will not be in 
vain. On Friday we will have our first 
game, and we are excited about it. This 
game will show us our weaknesses and 
fortes. I think we are well-prepared 
for the season, and we will beat a lot 
of teams. 



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Q:What tips would you give to 
people who want to begin playing 
basketball? 

A: Well, I would highly recommend 
finding a good coach and working hard. 
These two things will help for sure! 








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Dr. Foster (right) visited Baton Rouge with a group of students to strip houses after the 
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KASI PATTEN 

Contributing Reporter 

Communications professor. Dr. John 
Robert Foster passed away on Thursday, 
Nov. 24 at age 68. He spent 25 years at 
Northwestern State University before 
leaving behind a loving wife, four 
children and eight grandchildren. 

Foster’s funeral was on Tuesday, Nov. 
29 at First United Methodist Church in 
Natchitoches. Young Army cadets lined 
the entrance to the sanctuary where a 
flag-draped coffin sat at the front. Family 
and friends lined the pews to remember 
his life and pay their respects. 

Foster served in the military for 20 
years, pastored numerous congregations 
in the community and touched countless 
lives as an educator at NSU. As a 
professor, he challenged every one of 
his students to rebuild a caring and 
connected society. 

Beau Yoinche, a senior general 
studies major, enrolled in Foster’s group 
dynamics course and expected it to be like 
any other speech class. “Group dynamics 
threw you for a loop,” Yoinche said. 
“Not just the project you were working 
on, but getting to know the people you 
were in a group with.” 

Yoinche explained how each 
individual person was integral to the 
group’s success. Yoinche and Dr. Foster 
were a part of a group that stripped 


houses in Baton Rouge after the summer 
flooding. “All of the sudden he turned 
into Superman,” Yoinche said. “He 
outworked the five of us, and we’re all in 
our twenties.” 

Mack McCarter, founder of 
Community Renewal in Shreveport, 
Louisiana, met Dr. Foster when they were 
teenagers and McCarter was a counselor 
at the church camp Foster attended. 
They later renewed their friendship 
while at Brite Divinity School at Texas 
Christian University, the seminary where 
Foster earned 
his Master’s 
in Religious 
Education. 

“John 
was very 
interested to 
solve basic 
problems 
in society,” 

McCarter said when asked about his 
relationship with Foster. “[He] saw the 
rebuilding of relational foundation that’s 
necessary for society, where we can come 
together under our capacity to care for 
one another.” 

When McCarter was asked about the 
one thing he wanted to tell NSU students, 
he said, “If you ever wanted an effective 
role model, you don’t need to look any 
further than Dr. John Foster... He was a 
man who understood that we were to live 


with a vision that gave us a true purpose 
in life that was bigger than ourselves.” 

SGA President and senior 
communications major John Pearce was 
one of Foster’s advisees, and Foster was 
integral in Pearce’s decision to become a 
communications major. 

During his sophomore year, Pearce 
emailed a random communications 
professor to guide him his decision 
to change majors. Dr. Foster was that 
random professor. Pearce went on to take 
courses with Dr. Foster for three years. 

“His work 
had a habit 
of making 
you bond 
with other 
students,” 
Pearce said. 
“...You never 
know where 
you would be 
if you take one person out of your life.” 

While on this Earth, Dr. John 
Robert Foster lived a life of service 
to his community, not only with his 
commitment to the armed forces and 
education, but with helping individuals 
in any way he could. Not every NSU 
student had the opportunity to meet Dr. 
Foster, but NSU and the surrounding 
communities will remember him 
forever. Thank you. Dr. Foster, for 
your service. 


"A 


You never know where 
you would be if you 
take one person out of 
your life. 

V. 


- SGA President John Pearce 





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NSU hosting art exhibit for Crafts Guild 


LEAH JACKSON 

Director of Informational 
Services 

N orthwestern State University’s 
Department of Fine + Graphic Art is 
partnering with the Louisiana Crafts 
Guild for an exhibition of fine crafts that will 
be on exhibit at the Orville Hanchey Gallery 
through Dec. 9. A reception will take place 
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The public is 
invited. 

The Louisiana Crafts Guild is a juried 
organization of fine crafts artisans from 
throughout the state of Louisiana and 
the southern region of the United States. 
Because of the organization’s stringent jury 
requirements and dedication to excellence in 


fine craft, only three out of every 1 0 applicants 
is approved for membership. Members of 
the Guild are active in their community 
and give back by providing demonstrations 
to schools, churches, libraries and other 
organizations. Members’ generosity support 
community events, non-profit organizations 
and fundraisers. 

The exhibition features scarves, carved 
chairs , j ewelry , ceramics , woodwork and more 
featuring the best in Louisiana artisanship. 
All items are available for purchase. 

Orville Hanchey Gallery is located at 140 
Central Avenue on the NSU campus. Hours 
are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday 
and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday. For more 
information, contact Leslie Gruesbeck at 
gruesbeckl@nsula.edu 



This lidded jar was created by artist Michael Flaherty. 

Photo by Leah Jackson 



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LEAH JACKSON 

Director of Informational Services 

Northwestern State University’s Department 
of Military Science will wrap up the Fall 2016 
semester with a Dec. 1 awards program to 
recognize cadet accomplishments and a Dec. 
16 commissioning ceremony for Cadet Gavin 
Bazer. 

“NSU’s Army ROTC cadets are wrapping a 
very busy fall semester,” said Sid Hall, Military 
Affairs coordinator and ROTC program 
manager. “From field training exercises, to a 
commemoration ceremony honoring Vietnam 
veterans, to supporting student organizations 
and athletic events, they have certainly made a 
mark on campus.” 

The awards program will begin at 3:30 p.m. 
Thursday, Dec. 1 in the ballroom of the Sylvan 
Friedman Student Union. A reception will 
follow the ceremony. 

Cadet Bazer will take the Oath of 
Commissioned Officers at 1:30 p.m. Friday, 
Dec. 16, also in the Student Union Ballroom. 
Guest speaker will be Colonel Nelson G. Kraft, 
commander, 6th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet 
Command. The commissioning will take place 
in conjunction with Fall Commencement. A 
reception will follow the ceremony. 



Photo courtesy of The Potpourri 


For more information or to 
RSVP for the ceremonies, 
contact Ed Kelly at 
(318) 357-5157 or 
kellye@nsula.edu 



Calling all feral cats of Natchitoches! 

The Veterinary Technology Program is implementing a feral cat 
Trap-Test-Neuter- Release Program (TTNR) as a service project for NSU. 

From mid-November to mid-February, people can contact the Veterinary 
Technology Program at 318-357-6019 or woodardb@nsula.edu if they 
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The holiday season brings feelings of joy to children, but college students often report higher stress levels and clashing with 
family members. Photo by Alec Horton 


Does adulthood kill the holiday spirit? Students reflect on change 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

W e can all remember a time when 
the Thanksgiving turkey looked 
bigger, the lights on the tree 
looked brighter, and the presents felt heavier. 

From elementary school holiday-themed 
parties to family pumpkin patch adventures, 
the coming of Thanksgiving and Christmas was 
always an exciting time in our youth. 

But alas, life has a tendency to make a person 
bitter and stressed, and the holiday times are no 
exception to this. 

Let’s face it: in college, nobody is handing 
you a festive cookie or giving you an A+ for 
drawing a picture of The Grinch. When you 


grow up, Santa stops coming in for cookies 
and just flies right past your house, dropping 
your gift down the chimney as he goes. The 
overwhelming excitement of the holiday 
traditions from childhood grow and evolve 
into avoiding the topics of dating, grades and 
politics at the table with your extended family. 

Junior social work major Stone Smith said 
that for him, the holidays could be a stressful 
time even as a kid. 

“Having split parents meant meeting at 
a gas station halfway between Bossier and 
Cotton Valley, Louisiana and then spending 
half of the break at one parent’s, the second 
at another’s,” Smith said. “As an adult 
though, I just want to spend the holidays 
with my love, Bianca, and have a friend’s 
Thanksgiving in my apartment.” 


Smith strives to someday work in 
adoption because he empathizes with 
children of broken families, especially during 
the holiday season. 

Some families keep their holiday 
traditions sacred and find comfort in the 
familiarity. 

This is true for Shelby Noustens, a senior 
hospitality and tourism major from New 
Orleans, whose family still practices the 
same traditions from her childhood. Going to 
church on Christmas Eve and sharing a steak 
dinner with her family is something she looks 
forward to every year. 

“If something changes, it just seems off, 
like something isn’t right,” Noustens said. 

Being far away from home and family 
members can take a toll, and for Noustens it 


is important to have time to go home and just 
relax with her family. 

Of course, “grown ups” experience 
some advantages during the holidays. Music 
education major Theresa Sharp has traded in 
her seasonal marshmallow hot chocolate for 
coffee and Kahlua. 

“I no longer wait for the crack of dawn on 
Christmas morning. Instead, I use it as a day 
to sleep in,” Sharp said. “Even though most 
of the ‘magic’ is gone from Christmas, it is 
what I look forward to each year.” 

Whether you’re chasing around younger 
siblings and family members or curled up 
with your pet drowning your sorrows in 
eggnog and homemade fudge, we hope that 
all of you can have a safe, relaxing and food- 
filled holiday season. 


Celebrating Christmas the Greek way 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Opinions Editor 

This Christmas season. Alpha Phi Alpha 
member Jalen Clark said that his fraternity will 
adopt a family and provide for them. 

“We plan to help provide what they lack 
this holiday season with a care package that will 
include food, toys and any other items they may 
be in need of,” Clark said. 

Throughout the fraternity and sorority system 
at NSU, the Christmas season is celebrated with 
service and community building. 


Anthony Cannata of Pike Kappa Alpha said 
that members of his fraternity will gather at the 
Pike house for a potluck and enjoy Christmas 
Fest together. 

“We will also decorate our house, 
which we’ll be doing when we get back from 
Thanksgiving break,” Cannata said. “It’s all 
part of the tradition.” 

Delta Sigma Theta will spend the season 
practicing fellowship. Shania Dauterive 
said that her and her line sisters also plan to 
congregate with the Natchitoches Alumni 
chapter. 


Christmas caroling is on the agenda of 
Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sigma Alpha Iota. 

“We’re just going to go door to door doing 
that,” Sigma Sigma Sigma member Josie 
Stamey said. “Before then, on Nov. 30, we 
will have a Christmas party for the actives and 
for potential new members that may want to 
pledge in the Spring.” 

Sigma Sigma Sigma also hosted a tacky 
Christmas party for their members. 

OnDec. 3, Phi Mu Alpha will have amother- 
daughter gingerbread house decorating event 
after their alumni ornament exchange earlier 


that week. The fraternity also hosted an open 
house for interested students. 

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is on 
Saturday, Dec. 3, and attendees can expect 
to see many NSU Greek members strolling 
through the streets wearing their letters. 

“Getting to spend time with my sisters 
during the holiday season reminds me of how 
blessed I am,” recent alumni member of Phi 
Mu Ashleigh Daniels said. “Everyone puts 
aside their differences and comes together to 
celebrate giving, compassion and sisterhood; 
Christmas just makes it better.” 




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CAPA spotlight: A night at Gala rehearsal 



Blayne Fugere plays french horn in the orchestra. Preparations for this year's Christmas Gala started as early as summer of 2016 for 
some cast members. Photo by Valentina Perez 


JOSHUA FONTENOT 

A&L Editor 

The lights are up on Front street, Christmas 
carols are playing over the loud speakers and 
tourists are running rampant in Natchitoches. 
This can only mean one thing: prepare for the 
28th annual NSU Christmas Gala. 

Over a span of nine shows, CAPA 
students from all departments will come 
together to spread Christmas cheer with their 
performances. But it does not all happen 
overnight. 

Music and dance ensembles began 
rehearsing individually in mid-October and 
the production team had meetings as early as 
Summer of2016. 

“I’ve allotted four rehearsals to get the 
entire show organized before we leave for 
Thanksgiving,” artistic director Corey Trahan 


said. “We will reconvene Sunday evening, 
Nov. 27 for a review before adding the final 
touches Monday and Tuesday evening.” 

Annie Dauzat, a dancer involved in four 
ensembles and four-time Gala cast member, 
said she feels like she’s been involved in Gala 
for a lifetime. 

“Rehearsals are strenuous. Eventually my 
legs just go numb,” Dauzat said. “It’s kind of 
refreshing - oddly therapeutic.” 

Audience members can expect to see 
returns from their favorite acts such as the toy 
soldiers, drum line, and the rockettes - along 
with some fresh routines. This year the ballet 
and contemporary dance numbers combined 
to make a never-before-seen Arabic piece, 
as well as a movement incorporating sign 
language. 

Choreographer of the “hot chocolate” 
piece, Taylor Smith, said he is happy to see his 
artistic expression come to life. 


“It’s amazing because my whole family 
comes out [for Gala] and it’s a huge part of 
the Christmas Festival here in Natchitoches,” 
Smith said. “This opportunity has given me one 
of the biggest credits I can get while in college. ” 

Trahan said the cast is set to perform Nov. 
30 - Dec. 2 for an estimated 10,000 people. 

Orchestra member Hammond Lake said 
that the early morning children’s performances 
have always been his favorite. 

“The child audience is by far the best crowd 
every year,” said Lake, who has participated in 
Gala for five years. “They seriously lose their 
shit every time; it makes performing so early 
worth it.” 

Performances of the 28th annual Christmas 
Gala will happen Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 in the A.A. 
Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are 
7 p.m. each evening with a 9 p.m. performance 
on Dec. 2. The children’s showings are at 9:30 
a.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. 



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Senior Guard Beatrice Attura plays in a game against Central Baptist. Attura has a 19-point score 
average per game this season. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


Women’s basketball gets tough road test 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

T he women’s basketball season will 
see a real test this Wednesday when 
they travel to Tennessee to take on 
Memphis. 

NSU, who are 3-2 on the season, started 
off strong with three straight wins against 
Letourneau, LSU-Alexandria, and Central 
Baptist. All three games turned out to be easy 
wins for the Demons, with their closest win 
being an 80-68 win against Letourneau in the 
hr st game of the year. 

The Demons then travelled to Austin to 
take on the Texas Longhorns, where they were 
overmatched and lost 86-39. Texas outscored 


the Demons 71-24 through three quarters, but 
powered through the fourth, with both teams 
scoring 1 5 in the fourth quarter. 

“They were still pressing in the fourth 
quarter, and we handled it,” first-year head 
coach Jordan Dupuy said. “They changed 
defenses, and we did a decent job. At that 
point, the game is out of hand. If we do that 
and carry it through all four quarters, who 
knows what can happen?” 

In their last game, Mississippi Valley 
State pushed the Demons to the brink, with 
NSU losing in a thriller, 68-64. 

The third quarter made the difference 
for the Devils, outscoring NSU 26-16, 
with that helping them win the game. 

“Mississippi (Valley State) pushed us to 
the brink on Friday,” guard Beatrice Attura 


said. “It was a close game on both ends, and 
it was a big test. I know we will rebound 
strong against Memphis, however.” Attura 
had a game high 25 points, while forward 
Victoria Miller was a monster for the 
Demons on the glass, with 16 rebounds on 
the game. 

The road doesn’t get any easier for the 
Demons, with Memphis in their crosshairs 
this Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Tigers 
who are 2-4 on the season, won their last 
game against Illinois 64-54, and kept 
the game close against college basketball 
powerhouse Kanas, losing 68-58. 

The Demons’ next home games see 
them taking on the Warhawks from ULM 
this Sunday, Dec. 4, before having a week 
off to play Jackson State, Sunday, Dec. 1 1 . 


Men’s basketball takes on LSUS 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

The D emons won their last two home game s 
against Letourneau and LSU-Alexandria last 
weekend, but couldn’t beat their next two 
division one opponents. 

They lost to Missouri 84-60 on Nov. 26. 
Zeek Woodley gained the most points with 
16, next to Ishmael Lane with 12 points and 
eight rebounds. 

NSU started off well, but could not get past 
the 1 5-4 burst from the Tigers, leading 39-27 
late in the first half. The Demons were never 
able to recover, losing the game 84-60. 


The Demons then traveled Southeast to 
Starkville to take on Mississippi State, where 
it was a close game to the end. The game saw 
nine ties and eight lead changes and it came 
down to the last 1:20, where the Bulldogs 
scored the last five points of the game to win 
65-59. 

Zeek Woodley dominated the stat sheet for 
NSU, scoring 28 points off 10 of 19 shots. No 
one else from the team had more than seven 
points. Junior Devonte Hall had six points, 
five assists and three steals in the game. 

“Our ability to score at the basket was big, 
epically in the closing minutes,” Demon head 
coach Mike McConathy said. “They made our 
turnovers costly. We had 19 and they scored 


26 points off them. We only got 13 points off 
of 13 turnovers. It’s a big difference.” 

Now the Demons will take the floor against 
LSUS on Thursday, Dec. 1 in a home game. 
The Pilots are currently 5-2, with their most 
recent game a loss against Oklahoma City 
University, 101-90. 

“We had two difficult games on the road, 
but now we’re ready for this game against 
LSUS,” sophomore Reginald Kissoonlal said. 
“Zeek (Woodley) had been a monster for us, 
but now the rest of the team needs to step up 
and help him, help each other.” 

The Demons will travel to El Paso for their 
next game against the University of Texas - El 
Paso on Saturday, Dec. 3. 


DEMON 

SPORTS 

CALENDAR 


November 


Women’s Basketball at 

Memphis 

5:30 p.m. 


December 


Men’s Basketball vs. 
LSU-Shreveport 
6:30 p.m. 


Men’s Basketball at UT- 
E1 Paso 
8 p.m. 


Women’s Basketball vs. 
UL-Monroe 
1 p.m. 



Nov. 16-29 
Athletic Scores 


Volleyball 

11/18 LOSS vs. Sam Houston 
State 

1-3 

Women’s Basketball 

11/19 WIN vs. LSU- 
Alexandria 

97-76 

1 1/21 WIN vs. Central Baptist 

93-42 

11/23 LOSS vs. UT-Austin 

39-86 

Men’s Basketball 

1 1/18 WIN vs. LeTourneau 

92-87 

11/22 WIN vs. LSU- 
Alexandria 

82-69 

1 1/26 LOSS vs. Missourri 

60-84 

11/28 LOSS vs. Mississippi 
State 

59-65 

Football 

1 1/19 LOSS vs. Stephen F. 
Austin 

31-45 


SUN 

4 


SAT 

3 


THU 

1 


WED 

30 





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Thanksgiving is totally BS 




Wolf stares into her selfie camera looking for answers the day 
after the election. Photo by Ashley Wolf 


The Divided States of America 

ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 


PARTY GIRL 

Contributing Writer 

S urprise, bitch. I bet you thought you’d 
seen the last of me. 

Luckily for you, I have found time 
in between popping Prozac and my crying 
sessions - scheduled at 3: 1 5 p.m. sharp daily 
- to fill you in on the glorified mass genocide 
often referred to by my upper middle class 
white family as Thanksgiving. 

I woke up Thanksgiving morning with the 
smell of a feast, which only reminded me that I 
need to lose 5 pounds before Christmas. 

As my parents and I caravanned to my 
grandparents for the traditional family 
gathering, I was already planning my drunken 
escapade of the day. No longer would I sit 
through a family holiday hunched over my 
obsolete iPhone (even though I got it last 
year) .No, this year I would down an entire 
bottle of wine and tell my condescending 
uncle to shove his bigot opinions up his ass. 

I always loved holidays, but as I got 
older and noticeably more cynical, they have 
seemed to lose their appeal. Every year is the 
same thing - family I don’t want to see, topics 
I don’t want to talk about and wanting to go 
home directly after eating. 

This year we were the first to arrive, 
giving me enough time to get to the store, buy 
the large bottle of Cabernet, and down two 
glasses before the rest of the family arrived. 

My favorite aunt showed up next, walking 
through the door smelling like a Colorado 
dispensary equipped with all of her hippy 
glory. As she was telling me about how great 
her screen printing business was doing these 
days, she stopped abruptly to ask what kind of 
wine I was drinking. She then said something 
that I will never forget. 

“I absolutely adore wine,” she said. “It’s 
like liquid Klonopin.” 

We all shuffled inside to listen to my 
grandfather use the dinner blessing as away 
to ask blessings for every single individual 
he has ever come across in his life. But as he 


neared the end of the list, the now four glasses 
of wine began to fight for dominance inside 
me. 

Here we were, a privileged, “blessed” 
upper middle class family celebrating a 
holiday that essentially marks the outright 
destruction of the Native American 
population. In fact, on the other side of the 
country. Native Americans were being blasted 
with pressure hoses, shot with rubber bullets 
and tear-gassed on their own burial grounds. 
But don’t worry, your fuck-up of a cousin 
brought potato salad. 

These thoughts were rushing through my 
mind like a girl trying to do her contour on 
her face while her friends wait in the car, when 
suddenly I just screamed out to 30 family 
members, “I think we should be thinking 
about the Native Americans in Standing Rock 
being attacked at this very moment instead of 
this!” 

My mother looked up at me and said, 
“You’re totally right. I agree.” 

I then proceeded to sip my wine, serve 
myself and sit at the dinner table. 

Conversation resumed to the usual “What 
are your plans after graduation?” and “Have 
you had any job offers?” But I knew I had 
done my civic duty as an activist on the rise. 

I pulled an Irish goodbye and dragged 
myself to the back seat of my parents car. As 
we drove home, I couldn’t help but wonder, 
“Did I piss people off? For a split second, did 
I make them experience the discomfort that 
minorities have faced for years?” 

I guess I’ll never know, but I’ll always 
find solace in the fact that I’m going to be the 
wine-drunk family member at all gatherings 
from now on. 


xw 



Politics passed out the jerseys, and we 
wore them proudly. Red for Trump. Blue 
for Clinton. Nothing for third-party voters, 
bystanders or children. 

Figures, I guess. 

Voting booths passed out the stickers. 
And we wore them proudly. Every player 
receives a participation trophy. Rodriguez’s 
blue dog stared blankly back at us. 

I On election day, our own NSU students 
! separated into two different rooms for the 
SGA-hosted watch party. One room for 
Democrats to watch CNN coverage. Another 
room for Republicans to watch Fox News. In 
both rooms, refreshments were provided, 
i Everyone gets a sticker. 

And now, Donald Trump is President- 
Elect, and about half of America stares back 
at the blue dog. Why did this happen? Did 
my participation mean nothing? 
j “N ow it’ s time for America to bind the 

| wounds of division. It is time for us to come 

together as one united people,” Trump said 
in his acceptance speech. We stared at our 
screens. Welcome to the Divided States of 
America. 

And I get it. This is how it is. So let’s 
deal with it, right? Let’s just accept the fact 


that not everyone’s a winner. 

But it’s not about winning. It’s about being 
able to stare back at the blue dog and say that 
I feel like an American. I know that I’m an 
American, obviously. But I want to feel like 
one. 

I’ve recently been watching this HBO 
series about John Adams that came out a few 
years ago. Paul Giamatti plays John Adams, 
naturally, and the whole things just makes me 
feel super pumped up about freedom and all of 
this liberty that the revolutionaries fought for. 
He sacrificed everything, and for what? So that 
fake news could spread around on Facebook? 
So that we could rant like our words are louder 
than actions? So that Native Americans could 
be tear-gassed and abused for defending what 
they believe in? 

Liberty is not only a right. It’s also a 
privilege. And I don’t want to squander it. 

I have a right to speak my mind, to vote, 
to worship whoever I please, to speak against 
America like a rebellious teenager rebels 
against their parents. But I also have the 
privilege of utilizing it, and that’s what I hope 
we all will do. 

I don’t believe in letting my opinions waste 
away on my Facebook wall. I believe in action. 

I believe in freaking John Adams. And most of 
all, I believe that, if I’m gonna wear that voting 
sticker. I’ve earned it. I will stare back at that 
blue dog, goddammit. 


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President Henderson: The exit interview 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

1 . What can we expect to see at NSU 
within the next two semesters? 

TOTAL CHAOS... Just kidding! Students 
are going to witness a leadership transition. 
They’ll get to participate in a presidential 
search, which is kind of cool - I know it’s fun 
to watch. Also, the University will be releasing 
their Multi-Year Strategic Plan this December. 
That will shape a lot of what is going to happen 
over the next two semesters and the next four 
to five years, regardless of who sits in the 
Office of the President. I think students will see 
continued growth, and what comes with growth 
is increased opportunity to do things as a 
university. It also comes with some challenges to 
which you have to adapt. I don’t see significant 
increases in tuition, but that’s in the court of 
the legislature now. I plan on advocating very 
strongly that students are paying enough for 
tuition and we’ve got to reinvest from a state 
level in schools. 

2. How are you handling your departure 
fromNSU? 

My love for the student body is a very 
real thing, and I’m just coming to terms with 
the separation from that part of NSU. It is a 
struggle. As for the policy and organizational 
part, I have visited with several presidents from 
other universities and talked about the state of 
their universities - that part has been fun. 


3. What kind of work will you be doing at 
the ULS level that students can look out for? 

Advocating for a reinvestment of state dollars 
in higher education and lowering the true cost of 
higher education. I think those two will have the 
most immediate impact. Next, is working with all 
of our institutions to elevate the student focus of 
our operations. Sometimes in higher education 
we have a very institutional-centric mindset. 
For example, the ULS system says we are “9 
universities strong,” but we will be changingthat 
soon to say we are “90,000 students strong.” 
The students are what matter, not the institution 

- the institution exists because of students. 

4. Throughout your presidency at NSU, 
you have left your communication lines 
open for students, faculty, staff, community 
partners, etc. Can we expect to see that from 
you at a state level? 

Absolutely! As many people may have 
noticed, I recently became verified by Twitter 

- which was quite an achievement if I do say so 
myself. I don’t like office time, so I won’t be in 
the office a lot. I plan to be visible on campuses. 
Not to detract from the identities and leadership 
of those individual universities, but I think it is 
important for students to have a relationship 
with the system president. As for faculty, we 
have already begun conversations on how the 
system can impact both the faculty climate and 
their professional development. I want to ensure 
faculty have a more effective voice at the state 
level. Policies and decisions are made as if they 


are in a vacuum, and faculty are charged with 
either responding or reacting to it. Instead, they 
should be deeply involved with development. We 
will also have open lines of communication with 
businesses and communities. We are one of the 
largest university systems in the country, yet our 
impact is still mysterious to the person on the 
street. I hope to change that very quickly. 

5. Can you offer parting words to the NSU 
student body? 

Your opportunities are boundless; your 
future is bright. This generation of students has 
a deeper social conscience and is more engaged 
in the concept of community. Don’t listen to the 
older generations that want to keep score on you, 
because they did the same to my generation and 
they did the same to the generations before mine. 
Instead, keep pushing forward with the things 
that you believe in because we are not in the 
dying days of the Republic. We are in a constant 
transition to something better. 

6. Finally, can you offer words to the 
average ULS college student? What message 
would you like them to receive? 

We are entering a time of change - driven 
by increased access to information, technology 
and societal evolution. Change is scary, but if 
you arm yourself with a broad, liberal education, 
you will be in the best position to advance great 
changes. There’s nothing to be scared of if you 
are prepared for change - change becomes 
something you pursue. 



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12/03 

• Traffic Stop - Jefferson Street 
2040 hrs (verbal warning) 

12/04 

• Public Assistance - UP 2 
0016 hrs (car unlocked) 

• Complaint - Field House 
2053 hrs (state citations issued) 

12/05 

• Complaint - Keyser Hall 
0135 hrs (state citation issued) 

• Assisted City Police - Off campus 
0255 hrs (officer controlled) 

• Traffic Stop - Armed Forces Center 
1 357 hrs (state citation issued) 

• Complaint - UP 2 
1543 hrs (unfounded) 

12/06 

• Traffic Stop - Sam Sibley 
0126 hrs (officer controlled) 

• Traffic Stop- UP 1 

0135 hrs (state citation issued) 


Traffic stops and 


SGA drafts 

f 

; JACOB FARNSLEY 

| News Editor 

S GA is working on a new bill that 
will go through NSU’s traffic and 
parking committee to change the 
j process of parking stickers to a color- 
1 coded system, matching the color of the 
sticker with the designated lot. If this bill 
passes the committee, it will take effect 
next school year. 

SGA created the bill in response to 
students’ complaints on the Facebook 
Student Concerns Page that many 
students cannot park in their designated 
lots because some of the on-campus 
residents drive to class and park in lots 
that are strictly for commuters. 

SGA thought up four points that will 
improve parking on campus: 

That parking lots be color-coded to 
denote the type of permit that is allowed to 
park in them 

That parking decals for registered 
vehicles have the color of the type of lot 
they are registered to park in 

• That signs be placed at each campus 
entrance indicating that a visitor will need 


incidents in the 


parking bill 

to obtain a visitor parking pass to park on 
the campus 

That university administration 
takes stronger measures to ensure that 
students are adequately educated on the 
rules and regulations of parking on the 
campus of Northwestern State University 

“It’s a lot easier for a student to look 
at a sign and know that they can park 
there,” SGA President John Pearce said. 
“Knowing if a student can park in that lot 
can save students from getting tickets. 
$35 is a lot to a student. If you get two 
tickets a semester, that’s already $70.” 

Pearce said that the bill will be passed 
to the committee at the beginning of the 
spring semester so they can make edits 
and implement the bill in the manner they 
see fit. 

However, University Police Chief John 
Caliste said that the mindset needs to be 
changed, not the parking pass system. 

“Here’s the issue: no matter what the 
system is, people want to park as close 
to their class as possible,” Caliste said. 
“If everyone would park where they are 
supposed to park, this wouldn’t be an 
issue.” 


2016 semester 



From Aug. 10 to Dec. 6., there have been 703 traffic stops and incidents reported by the NSU campus police. Among these 703 stops, 
435 drivers were issued verbal or written warnings, 199 drivers were given state or NSU citations and 69 other reports were either unknown or 
miscellaneous ( 1 0%) . 

Therefore, when traffic stops occurred this semester, 62 percent of drivers received warnings while 28 percent received citations. 


Presidential search 
expected to conclude 
by July 1 

ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

Who will temporarily replace Dr. 
Henderson next semester? 

Henderson recommended Chris Maggio 
maintain his current role as Vice President of 
the Student Experience and serve as Acting 
President until a permanent NSU president 
is selected. However, Henderson’s 
recommendation awaits the approval of the 
University of Louisiana System Board of 
Supervisors who will make their decision at 
their next meeting on Dec. 8. 

What other positions did Dr. 
Henderson recommend? 

Dr. Henderson also recommended that 
Marcus Jones switch his title to Executive 
Vice President and that Chief Academic 
Office Vickie Gentry assume the role of 
Provost on an interim basis. 

How much will it cost to find a new 
president? 

In NSU’s last presidential search in 
2014, the UL system paid $49,500 to R.H. 
Perry & Associates, a higher education 
executive search firm. This amount does not 
include any other extra costs associated with 
the search. The UL system has hired R.H. 
Perry for other presidential searches, so it 
is likely that they could hire the firm again. 

When will presidential search begin, 
and when can we expect the search to end? 

In an interview with The Current Sauce 
this semester, Henderson said that search 
will likely begin in January, and in “the 
most reasonable case scenario,” end with an 
official selection by July 1 . 

How much is Dr. Henderson involved 
in search/ decision? 

As president of the University of 
Louisiana System, one of Henderson’s chief 
roles is to identify and recruit leadership for 
the nine universities in the system, giving 
him a key role in the selection process. 
However, as System President, Henderson 
will serve as a non-voting member of the 
search committee. 

Who is involved in selecting the next 
president? 

The Board of Supervisors will select a 
committee consisting of at least six board 
members, NSU faculty, NSU alumni, 
and any other members appointed by the 
Board Chair to aid in the selection process 
and set a timeline for appointing the new 
president. “The process can seem like it 
takes a long time and that there are a lot of 
steps, but it’s very, very important in order 
for all stakeholders to have ownership of 
that selection and select the best fit for this 
university,” Henderson said. 





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Opinion: What to do in Natchitoches 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

December in Natchitoches can be rough 
for students who stay over the holiday break. 
Exams may be over, and the hectic school 
schedule finally slowed down to a halt, but 
being stuck in a small town is difficult for 
some students, especially when cold and rainy 
weather persists for weeks and that seasonal 
depression kicks in. So what can you do when 
you’re stuck in Natchitoches, and it is slowly 
consuming what is left of your soul? 

1 . Road trip 

Shreveport and Alexandria are only an 
hour away. Gas up your car, put on your 
favorite sweater and make yourself a rainy day 
driving playlist. Junior Musical Theatre major 
Titus McCann likes to treat himself to some 
food that isn’t Chef Wok or Taco Bell. “I’ll 
generally stop somewhere like Olive Garden 
or Copeland’s and get me some eggplant 
parmigiana [which is my favorite],” McCann 
said. “I also like to hit up the Shreveport mall 
to see a movie or window shop.” A change 
of scenery can boost morale, and sometimes 
you just have to break your routine and opt 
for spontaneity. 

2. Treat yourself to a night in 

Sophomore psychology major Trenton 

Brownlee offered some killer advice: bake 
yourself cookies, make some scrumptious 
hot chocolate and binge watch movies like 
your life depends on it. Eating certain foods. 


such as chocolate for example, can actually 
release a chemical called serotonin in your 
brain, which is responsible for making you 
feel happy and content. Don’t worry about 
the calories for once. Just preheat your oven 
watch as your dreams come true. 

3. Gather your entourage of remaining 
friends and fight to the death! 

Video game style, that is. With the fairly 
recent release of such games as Borderlands, 
Mortal Kombat XL and Final Fantasy XV, you 
simply can’t beat the thrill of the cut scenes, 
beautiful graphics and freakishly creative 
fatalities. Take refuge on the couch and grab 
some snacks. It’s going to be a long night of 
button-smashing and shit-talking. 

4. Step outside and see the lights on the 
river. 

The Natchitoches Christmas lights are 
pretty hard to ignore, considering they cover 
just about every conceivable inch of Front 
Street and the surrounding areas. Sure, we 
see them when we’re driving home and going 
to or from school/work, but have you ever 
actually stopped to take it all in? Christina 
Arrechavala, a Scholars’ student majoring in 
Biology and Liberal Arts, encourages us all 
to take a walk and really look at them. “It’s 
so nice outside, and it’s right in the heart of 
Natchitoches,” Arrechavala said. The amount 
of work put into decorating the town with 
Christmas lights truly exceeds expectations. 
Trenton Brownlee said it best: “It’s sooooo 
relaxing and peaceful.” 



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Airrol Angelle and Josh Fontenot 

A spotlight on The Current Sauce graduating seniors 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

Staff writer Airrol Angelle and A&L editor, 
online editor and social media coordinator Josh 
Fontenot are both graduating from NSU this 
semester. Angelle is a business administration 
major with a concentration in marketing, a 
liberal arts minor and theatre minor. Fontenot 
is a Mass Communications major and an 
English minor. 

Graduation can be a terrifying, but 
hopeful time. How are you dealing? 

A: First of all, and this is very important, 
and this is something everyone should do: I 
have some money saved and I have a position 
at the school. I’m not panicking— I know that I 
have food, shelter and a source of income at the 
moment. I am worried that I’ll make the wrong 
decision, but honestly: food water and shelter- 
most important. 

F: Anti-depressants and liquor... I’ve been 
trying to focus on short-term goals and not 
looking too far ahead into the future because 
that will mess with my anxiety. I feel scared but 
prepared. 

Have you secretly tried on your 
graduation robes in front of a mirror yet? 

F: I feel like you have to, right? To see if it 
fits. I tried mine on right when I picked it up 
because the woman in the bookstore said it 
was too small for me (I was wearing a heavy knit 
sweater). By the way, bookstore bitch, it did fit. 

A: Can I wear my leather jacket over my 
robe? 


F: No, you cannot because everyone has to 
be uniform. 

A: NO! When has Airrol EVER been 
uniform!? No one steal my idea. I’m doing it. 
Anyway, I borrowed my cap and gown from a 
much shorter friend, so I had to try it on to see 
just how short it was on me. Conclusion: it’s 
pretty short. 

Describe your college experience in one 
sentence. 

A: If the second time is the charm, than the 
third time must be. . . something else. 

F: It was like waiting for Ashton Kutcher 
to tell me that it was all a joke, but it never 
happened. 

What if you could do it all again? 

A: I would do better in my classes, since 
I’d know the answers already. Also, I would 
complete my thesis a lot faster, since I’d already 
know what to write about and what the results 
are. 

F: I think that I would avoid toxic 
environments, speak out more and practice 
better self-love during my college experience. 

What’s next for the two of you? 

F: I really want to make these next few years 
about me. I want to surround myself with good 
people and experiences while I can. Like Kylie 
said, “It’s really the time to realize things.” 

A: I think I’m going to take a cruise to 
Europe and just go around Europe collecting 
art. Just kidding. I’m gonna save up money and 
not buy anything or go anywhere because I plan 
to go to graduate school. 






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The chaos of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival 



Christmas lights cover downtown Natchitoches throughout the month of December and attract half a million visitors to the 
southern small town. Photo by Bonny Bacoccini 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

When the rooster crows on Black Friday, 
Santa’s reign of mayhem begins. 

In metropolitan areas, crowds camp outside 
of stores, waiting for the grand impetus of the 
holiday season. Then, the doors open. 

Shoppers leave any semblance of their 
humanity at the door and stampede into the 
savage jungle of a Thanksgiving-Christened 
Best Buy. The store is merely an arena for 
a contest of survival of the fittest, the aisles 
towering like trees, bearing the ripe fruit of 
marked-down electronics. The scavengers 
desperately snatch their coveted treasures, 
shoving the other animals out of the way. A 
successful scavenger waits in the checkout 
line, grinninggiddily, as it replays the moment 
it claimed the flat screen TV from the greedy 
weakling. 

The small town of Natchitoches, Louisiana 
doesn’t have a Best Buy, or even a Target, but 
it is still prey to the chaos of Christmas just like 
any other bustling city. The holiday hullabaloo 
returns to the town of 18,000 people every year 
with the annual Christmas Fest, summoning 
over 500,000 tourists in December alone to 
behold the “City of Lights.” 

100 lighted set pieces and over 300,000 
Christmas lights stretch across the town and 
across the downtown bridge, lighting up the 
river in a Disney-like spectacle. Parallel to the 
river, tourists visiting from all over Louisiana, 
and some visiting from foreign countries, 
peruse the quaint shops and restaurants that 
line the brick-paved road of Front Street, 
a sight not unlike the idyllic small towns 


portrayed in Hollywood films. 

However, during the six weeks of Christmas 
Fest, starting in late November and ending in 
early January, Natchitoches residents deal with 
the effects of hosting over 100,000 for the 
festivities every weekend. 

“When I came home from the holidays 
this weekend, I could barely even turn on 
my street, much less park on it,” senior NSU 
student Trena Camp said. “...It’s a pain 
when... you get in almost two wrecks less 
than half of a mile away from your house. I 
literally almost got hit by a cop at a four-way 
stop and once again when I turned onto my 
street because some idiot decided to not look 
before backing out.” 

Several NSU students reported their 
frustrations with the influx of traffic, as well as 
the road blockages during the weekend of the 
Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade, the 
festival’s busiest weekend. This year, however, 
the parade was canceled due to an impromptu 
bout of rainy weather. Moreover, the parade 
was not rescheduled. 

“I was gonna go with a few of my friends, 
one of which drove in from Texas,” sophomore 
Holly Jenkins said. “I’ve lived here my whole 
life, and the festival has never been canceled. 
It’s even gone on in 20 degree weather, so it 
being canceled was a shock.” 

During the festival weekends. Front Street 
businesses cash in on the event, hiring extra 
help and knocking up prices with the luxurious 
abandon of theme parks and music festival 
who don’t have any surrounding competition. 
Similarly, the festival requires attendees to 
purchase armbands and seize parking spots 
like medieval European explorers racing to 
claim territory in the New World. 


“I’m going to put Christmas decorations 
outside because it attracts more customers,” 
Hana Sushi employee and NSU alumna 
Savannah Callais said. “We feel like we’re 
a part of the festival almost because we’re so 
close. It’s literally five feet away.” 

As a Front Street employee, Callais deals 
with the usual traffic and long hours the holiday 
season brings. She works 7- to 8-hour shifts, 
and someone has to drop her off because there 
is nowhere for her to park. But in addition, 
Callais deals with hoards of tourists who she 
said sometimes can be inconsiderate or rude 
in comparison to the locals who are usually 
“mild-mannered and polite.” 

“Some people come in, and they want to joke 
with me, but not in a positive way like ‘listen to 
this funny thing I said earlier,’ but they stare at 
me and try to make me uncomfortable,” Callais 
said. “And they think it’s funny and even ask 
the question, ‘Do I make you uncomfortable?’ 
I get that a lot. Especially from high school 
aged boys and older men want to sit there and 
ask me a bunch of questions about where I’m 
from, what my name is, how long I’ve been 
working here. They don’t actually order much, 
except maybe a beer and an appetizer.” 

Callais deals with all kinds of difficult 
customers of different ages during the festival 
and said that she can’t tell the reason some 
customers act the way they do. “I can’t tell 
if they’re drunk or... if it’s like a mentality 
because they’re in a place they’re not familiar 
with, and they’re not afraid to see me again, so 
they feel like they don’t have to behave.” 

The list of Natchitoches locals’ frustration 
could go on, but Callais and several other 
students mentioned their more pressing 
concern of the lights potentially being a safety 


hazard. Some said they were concerned about 
the blinking lights on the bridge distracting 
drivers, or hazardous for individuals diagnosed 
with epilepsy. Student Alba Maloff said that 
the bridge lights were pretty, but “it would be 
better if they were static instead of constantly 
flickering.” 

Of course, some students enjoy the 
Christmas Festival so much that they don’t 
mind the chaos that comes with it. 

“I love Christmas Fest and everything it 
brings,” student Amber Sanders said. “There’s 
traffic at lunchtime; there’s traffic during 
graduation. Natchitoches is small. There is 
always traffic... Just enjoy the lights and take 
it for what it is.” 



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New coach hired for women’s basketball 

CAROLA COLON 

Contributing Reporter 


N orthwestern State women’s basketball 
team formally welcomed Jordan 
Dupuy as their new head coach at his 
debut game against LeTourneau on Friday, 
Nov. 11. 

Dupuy was named the sixth head coach on 
May 9, 2016, in Northwestern State women’s 
basketball history after eight seasons as part of 
the Southern Miss coaching staff. 

“It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here for 
six months,” Dupuy said. “It’s still a dream 
come true. I said at the age of 12 I wanted to 
be ahead Division I coach, and today I live that 
dream.” 

Dupuy has high expectations for the Lady 
Demons. He challenges the team to improve 
every day and to immerse themselves into the 
process, working hard inside and outside to 
come out a better team by the end of the year. 

“Hard work, dedication, making sure we 
create tempo, we work hard, we work fast, and 


then when we’re not able to go our full speed, 
we let the next person step up and get it done,” 
Dupuy said of his coaching philosophy. “As we 
move along, we’ll create the tempo we want on 
the defensive end; I always want to make sure 
we establish our identity in the defensive end. 
Toughness, hard work and get out and run- 
that’s what we want to make sure our program 
is based off.” 

Coach Dupuy’ s experience with Southern 
Miss and previous coaching jobs helped him 
become an organized and detailed coach, 
which will help the women’s basketball team 
to prepare for future games. 

“There’s a lot to work on, and having a 
new coach who’s adjusting, it’s going to get 
better throughout the season,” sophomore 
post Cheyenne Brown said regarding the 
team’s performance Friday afternoon. 

The Northwestern women’s basketball 
team also welcomed Associate Head Coach 
Deneen Parker, who was former rivals with 
Dupuy during their Conference USA days at 
SMU and Southern Miss. 


“It’s great being on the same team now,” 
Parker said. “J [Dupuy] and I clicked the 
very first time we met, and every time we’d 
bump into each other, whether it was on the 
recruiting trail or going head-to-head, it was 
always respectful, competitive and very fun to 
watch.” 

Parker’s experience on the basketball 
court and her 2 1 years as a recruiter at SMU 
helps provide insight for Dupuy and the NSU 
women’s basketball team. 

“I’ve known for a very long time now 
that ‘recruiting’ is everything,” Parker said. 
“So with that being said, we both know what 
it takes to win and be successful. Now, we 
have a chance to ‘get in the lab’ and work on 
bringing that success back here and keeping 
it.” 

The Lady Demons basketball team 
grabbed an 80-68 win against LeTourneau, 
but the team has room for improvement, 
Dupuy said. They have a total of 29 games 
this season before they participate in the 
Southland Conference. 


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Nov. 30-Dec. 6 
Athletic Scores 


Women’s Basketball 

1 1/30 LOSS vs. Memphis 38-54 

1 2/4 WIN vs. UL-Monroe 67-65 

Men’s Basketball 

12/1 WIN vs. LSU-Shreveport 88-74 
12/3 WIN vs. UTEP 79-67 

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Men’s basketball prepares for upcoming rivalry game against UL-Monroe 



Guards Sabri Thompson (above) and Zeek Woodley (right) throw the ball in their recent game against 
LSU-Shreveport. Senior Woodley has scored 145 points so far this season. Photos by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB HICKS 

Sports Editor 

The NSU men’s basketball team has a big 
rivalry game this Saturday when they take 
on the Warhawks from the University of 
Louisiana - Monroe (ULM). 

The Demons, who are 4-4 on the season, 
have been on a roll, winning their last two 
games. They beat Louisiana State University 


- Shreveport last Thursday 88-74 behind 
Zeek Woodley’s 16 points. Tra’von Joseph 
notched his fifth career double-double 
with 1 1 points and 14 rebounds, and Malik 
Metoyer had a career high in rebounds with 
10, with five points. 

The Demons got the better of the Pilots 
on the glass, out-rebounding LSUS 57-32. 

“I can’t remember us ever getting 57 
rebounds like that on the boards,” Demons 
Head Coach Mike McConathy said. 


After LSUS, the Demons travelled to the 
other side of Texas to take on the University 
of Texas - El Paso (UTEP). In the huge 
road game, NSU got another victory behind 
Woodley’s 14 points. The Demons had one 
of their best games behind the 3-point line, 
with 12. Seven different players scored at 
least one free 3-pointer. 

“We’re sacrificing and understanding 
that the important thing is we have to 
compete on every play, and every player is 



important,” McConathy said. “Eleven of our 
guys scored. Bailey Walker hasn’t scored all 
year, and hit two big 3s for us, one in each 
half. ” 

Now with NSU at .500 for the season, 
they now play their next “home” game 
against ULM at the CenturyLink Center 
in Bossier City, Louisiana. This will be the 
longest break in between games for the 
Demons, a two-week gap. 

“It is pretty weird not playing a game 
for two weeks,” Guard Reginald Kissoonlal 
said. “You’re used to playing two, three 
games a week. No games in 14 days is a lot, 
but we’ll come well rested for the (ULM) 
Warhawks." 

After the Demons play ULM, they will 
travel to Houston to play Rice on Monday, 
December 19. 




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Well-known “study drugs” Adderall and Vyvanse are frequently abused by college students, 
especially during exams. Photo from Creative Commons 


Adderall and Vyvanse harmful may do more harm than good 


AIRROL ANGELLE 

Reporter 

I n many universities across the country, 
ADHD medications such as Adderall and 
Vyvanse are known as “study drugs,” the 
abuse of which seems to increase during finals. 

Everyone understands this is college, but 
it is irresponsible for a student to begin their 
experiments with drug use during a critical 
time such as finals. 

Many classes at NSU require end-of-the- 
year projects or the completion of multiple 
homework assignments as finals. No student 
wants to procrastinate, but procrastination 
happens. The assignments are easy to put off 
until later because “past you” can’t feel the 
pressure that “future you” will undergo. Thus, 
your past self “peer pressures” your future self 
to do something you normally wouldn’t do. 


I’ve seen students come into college 
chanting the D.A.R.E. lesson “drugs kill 
brain cells” at every party. Then finals come 
around and these same students think, “If I 
take this Adderall or Vyvanse, I’ll be able to 
complete all of my work and pass my finals ! ” 

No one is sure how they make that leap 
in logic, but my guess is desperation. People 
who use drugs, for medicinal or recreational 
purposes, should not be shamed. People 
who responsibly use drugs recreationally 
have done it long enough to know the 
consequences. People who responsibly use 
drugs for medical conditions listen to their 
doctors to know how the drugs will affect 
their lives. 

But when students under pressure from 
time constraints take drugs for their first 
time ever, they have no idea what will happen 
to them. They think they’ll be plowing 


through their assignments, able to read and 
comprehend complex ideas at the speed of 
light. The truth is they’ll probably end up 
super dehydrated, crying in their shower and 
having weird hallucinations. 

These drugs don’t just affect your mind; 
they affect your whole body. These side 
effects include vomiting and raised blood 
pressure and any pre-existing conditions you 
have will also be affected by the use of these 
drugs. For example, if you have an anxiety 
disorder it could be agitated by the increased 
heartbeat you may experience from the 
possible raised blood pressure. 

Think of it this way: True athletes don’t 
train all of their lives, make it to the finals 
and then decide to take steroids for the first 
time in the dressing room right before the 
big game. That’s just a sure fire way to have a 
heart attack on the field. 


Flashback editorial 

JIM HENDERSON 
(June 22, 1993) 

Former Editor-in-Chief 

Five Northwestern students competed 
admirably last weekend at the Miss Louisiana 
Pageant. By all accounts, all five represented 
the university with pride and dignity. All 
five deserve the respect and admiration 
of their peers. All five, due both to their 
most recent performances and hard work 
required to even reach the competition, are 
truly representative of the term “winner.” 
However, the most obvious of the shared 
characteristics, all five are women. 

The inconsistency with which this 
nation deals with the gender issue has 
been a sore spot to all advocates of equality 
since the radical feminist movements of 
the 60s and 70s completely redefined the 
concept. Equality no longer meant equal 
opportunity, it meant equal results. Equality 
no longer meant equal pay for equal work, it 
meant blatant discrimination against males 
in hiring, promotion, and even college 
admission standards (ask any male who has 
tried to enter law school of late). 

If one calls the Miss Louisiana Pageant 
a beauty contest, he or she will immediately 
incur the wrath of one of the pageant 
industry’s many supporters, and rightly so. 
Granted, not one of the girls who competed 
in Monroe would fall under the societal 
classification of ugly. However, these 
women are also extremely talented, most are 
articulate, and all demonstrate a tremendous 
amount of self-confidence and poise under 
very trying circumstances. 

Why, then, is the pageant limited to 
women? Yes, I’ve heard the argument that 
a man could compete if he wanted to fight 
to get in. I ask you, what normal male would 
have any desire to attain the title of Miss 
Louisiana? Further, those males in need of 
funding their educations are placed in a no 
win situation. Do they try to compete for the 
scholarships and risk being ostracized by 
their friends? Or worse, are the scholarships 
worth being known as Tinker Bell for the 
rest of their lives? 

This complete disregard for the psyches 
and self-esteem of financially strapped males 
shows a remarkable lack of sensitivity on the 
part of society. 

(Any reader who is beginning to think 
that this entire allegation of sexism is 
ludicrous is beginning to get the right idea.) 


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NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY’S 

STUDENT-RUN NEWSPAPER 

Varnado Hall 
to open after 
renovations 

page 2 

NSU students share 
original poetry 

page 4 

Basketball 

Intramurals 

continue 

page 6 

Louisiana women 
march for human 
rights 

page 7 



Stephanie Parker, first runner- 
up and winner of the swimsuit 
competition. 


Phi Mu wins it again 



Maria Rome is crowned Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet. In addition to winning the 
competition, Rome won the People's Choice Award voted on by the audience. 

Photos by Gary Hardamon and Alec Horton 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

Distribution Manger 

M aria Rome broke into tears when 
she heard her name announced as 
the winner of the 2017 Lady of the 
Bracelet pageant. The emotions continued to 
flow as her Phi Mu fraternity big, the 2016 
LOB winner Marissa McMickens, passed the 
crown to her little. 

“Having my big crown me, I don’t think it 
could’ve gotten better than that,” Rome said. 
“She came up to me when they announced 
my name, and we both just started crying.” 

This isn’t the first time a Phi Mu little 
followed in her big’s footsteps. McMickens’ 
big, Toria Thompson, also won the pageant 
in 2012, making this year’s family affair a 
record for the fraternity’s involvement in 
LOB. 

Rome also won People’s Choice, the 
award determined by the audiences’ votes. 

“When I got People’s Choice, it was so 
gratifying,” said Rome. “People liked me, 
and I was entertaining. But winning LOB 
was the icing on the cake. The fact that I 
successfully entertained a group of people 
was so awesome.” 

Rome’s platform for LOB supported the 
Miracle League, an organization dedicated 
to helping children with disabilities form 
their own baseball teams. The platform is 



especially close to her heart, as she was once 
in the Children’s Miracle 
Network hospital for aback 
injury. 

This year five girls competed 
in NSU’s pageant, a small 
turnout compared to the 12 girls 
who competed last year. Rome said 
that many of the girls decided not to 
compete because the pageant is so time- 
consuming. 

With only five competitors, almost every 
participant won an award. Senior nursing 
major Emily Jackson won Miss Congeniality, 
junior hospitality and tourism major 
Stephanie Parker won swimsuit and first 
runner-up, and sophomore theatre major 
Erika Jarlock won talent with her vocal 
performance of “Gimme Gimme” from 
“Thoroughly Modern Millie.” 

“Through NSU Theatre and Dance, I’ve 
been able to expand my talents,” Jarlock 
said. “It would be really cool to show people 
what the university has done for me and what 
I can do for it.” 

The Miss Congeniality winner said that 
she competed out of her love for NSU. 

“They have given me so many 
opportunities, and I would love to be able 
to give back to them,” Jackson said. 

As the newly crowned Lady of 
the Bracelet, Rome will represent 


Northwestern for 2017. She also has 
the opportunity to win more titles, since 
LOB qualifies as a preliminary for 
Miss Louisiana, which is a 
preliminary for Miss 
America. 

Rome said that 
she is excited to 
get to know the 
other women 
participating 
in the Miss 
Louisiana 
pageant. 
“Girls 
with other 
preliminary 
titles are 

commenting [on social 
media] saying welcome 
to the Miss Louisiana 
Class of 20 1 7,” Rome 
said. “I’m excited 
to make new friends 
and go through the 
process with the other 
girls. It’s other girls 
like me who went out 
and did a pageant, 
educated themselves 
and made lifestyle 
changes.” 






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Varnado on schedule for fall opening 





Northwestern State University 


The historic Varnado Hall, originally constructed in 1939, is undergoing its first big renovation since 
1988. Additions to the residence hall include: art studios, practice rooms and a performance space 
available for student use. Photo by Alec Horton 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

N ew information about Varnado Hall 
might have off-campus aficionados 
running back to the dorms. 
Architects redesigned the historic building to 
fit the needs of CAPA students, and its location 
could not be more convenient. 

The last update on Varnado’s renovation 
revealed that the historic residence hall 
would attract CAPA students due to its new 
amenities: a performance space, a computer 
lab, art studios and 24-hour access to practice 
rooms. 

In addition to these features, the university 
and Campus Living Villages (CLV) hope to 
build a recording studio and kitchen space 
into the dorm. Architects recently measured 
Varnado to determine the practicality of these 
features given the square footage available for 
each component. Their updated floor plan is 
expected in the coming weeks. 

Despite the new additions, there will be 
no change in bedroom size, and the dorm is 
still expected to open for the fall semester. 
Varnado Hall will accommodate 194 students 
at its full capacity — a minor expansion from its 
previous 180 beds. 

Freshman music education major Logan 
Guillot found one addition to Varnado 
particularly appealing. 


“The 24-hour practice rooms,” 
Guillot said. “In case CAPA is locked, 
you can practice at home... It gives [music 
students] all of these opportunities to 
improve whenever they want.” 

Guillot also said that he thinks adding a 
recording studio to the residence hall would 
draw in music business majors or students 
pursuing careers in audio production. 

Assistant to the Provost Jennifer Kelly 
is an instrumental part of the renovation 
project, serving as the liaison between the 
university and CLV. In addition to having 
larger bedrooms compared to shared 
University Place ^ /C 
rooms, CAPA ® 

students living 
in Varnado will 
benefit from 
having a faculty 
rector in the 
building. This 

staff member will have office hours in 
Varnado and organize activities to improve 
group dynamics. 

“[Students] will have classes in that 
building and different things that are 
geared to their major,” Kelly said. “This 
will be the first facility that Northwestern 
has that is truly a living-learning college.” 

Due to the specialized programming 
that will take place in the dorm, CAPA 


This will be the first facility that 
Northwestern has that is truly a 
living-learning experience. 

- Jennifer Kelly 


students who register to live in Varnado 
will have priority over students who are 
not involved in the department in any 
extent. Students who are not a part of 
CAPA activities will be able to apply 
for the residence hall, but will not be 
considered priority applicants. 

An area of concern for the new and 
improved Varnado Hall is one that many 
college students hold near and dear to 
their hearts: price. 

“It might be a little more pricey, but 
that’s understandable,” Guillot said. 

Kelly said that the university and 
CLV is finalizing 

TN 


the leasing 

price, pending 
the University 
of Louisiana 
System (ULS) 
board’s approval. 

Students can 
expect to find out the cost when lease 
applications go online Feb. 1. 

“I think it will be between a shared 
price and a private price at University 
Place,” Kelly said. “We are building 
into the rent the programming and the 
special things in that facility. I think 
the students will definitely see a benefit 
for what they are paying in rent and the 
programming.” 






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SGA Minutes 

Jan. 23 

- NSU’s Shreveport campus 
elected a new student body 
president, Haley Neal. 

- Meet Your Senator Day is 
next Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at 
Watson Library and Cafe Demon 
in coordination with the Office of 
First Year Experience’s Macchiatos 
& Music event. 

- SGA will host Leadership 
NSU on Jan. 27-28, and the event 
will feature motivational speakers. 

- Per SGA President John 
Pierce’s request, Dr. Maggio spoke 
at the meeting about his experience 
and goals for NSU. “Communicate, 
collaborate, celebrate,” Maggio 
said. “I want to listen. I want to 
hear. . . but I want to help bring 
ideas too.” 

- Maggio discussed the 
recent internet and wifi issues 
at University Columns, stating 
that he will meet in person with 
the president of Campus Living 
Villages (CLV) Tuesday, Jan. 24, 
at 10 a.m. 

- Vice President Tre Nelson 
discussed the Organizational 
Relief Fund (ORF), explaining 
that if organizations are looking 
for funding, they can visit the SGA 
Orgsync page for information 
about ORF. 

- Treasurer Alyssa Jacobs 
reported on the organizational 
grant fund that was passed 
through the fiscal department. 
The grant fund was expanded 
to $10, 000-$15, 000 thousand 
dollars, and the money now 
comes out of the ORF account 
instead of the SGA account. 
Organizations, especially smaller 
ones, can apply for the grant. 


Shooting on Second Street 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

Three gunshots were fired on Second 
Street near the corner of Demeziere Street 
on Jan. 17. The Natchitoches Police 
Department responded to a call from the 
victim reporting that three unidentified men 
shot at him at 11:30 p.m. 

The men in question drove a white Ford 
Crown Victoria and a green SUV. Although 
no injuries were reported, eyewitnesses 
were stunned by the incident. 

One NSU student, who chooses to 
remain anonymous, witnessed the incident 
while hanging out on a friend’s porch. 

“I was just hanging out with a friend, 
having a beer and remarking on how 
pleasant of a night it was at the time,” they 
said. “They were fighting in the street, one 


shorter lady and one taller guy. Then the 
lady yelled, ‘Don’t you do it! Don’t you 
fucking dare!”’ 

The witness said that one man then 
pulled out a gun and fired six rounds into the 
Crown Vic. The two scattered in separate 
directions, and the car sped away. 

The Natchitoches Police Department is 
currently investigating this incident. 

This shooting has left residents of Second 
Street in Natchitoches feeling uneasy. 

One resident speculated on the 
reputation Natchitoches has in relation to 
the amount of crime. 

“I think that the prevalence of crime in 
Natchitoches is largely hidden by the facade 
of a quaint, Southern town,” they said. 

If anyone has any additional information 
about this incident, please contact Detective 
Beard at (318) 238-3914. 



Protests arise after inauguration day 


The New Orleans Police Department estimated that 10,000 to 
15,000 people marched on Jan. 21. Photo by Meg Denny 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

“The sign that tore my heart out was that of 
a tall, military man. His sign said, ‘So ashamed 
of the country I served,”’ Dr. Holly Stave said 
of the New Orlean’s Women’s March that 
occurred the day after President Trump’s 
inauguration. 

Over the weekend surrounding Jan. 20, 
many anti-inaugural events were held across the 
nation and world; Louisiana was no exception. 
At the Women’s March in New Orleans, an 
estimated 10,000+ people came together to 
stand up against the Trump administration and 
social injustice. 

“[At the march] we all shared our 
commitment not only for women’s rights, 
but for ALL human rights— the rights of those 
seeking sanctuary to find a new home , the rights 
of all religions...,” the Scholars’ professor 
said. “We were the face of America— multiple 
races, sexes, genders, ethnicities— and we were 
diverse. “ 

The march began as a gathering with 
speeches from the march coordinators 
and guests like state Rep. Helena Moreno, 
D-New Orleans. As the walk from 
Washington Square to Duncan Plaza began. 
Lady Liberty was lowered into a coffin and 
the Jazz funeral proceeded. 


“I am ashamed. I am witnessing the triumph 
of ignorance and bigotry, the election of a fool 
by fools, to quote my former student...,” Stave 
said. The English professor said that the fight 
for human rights is just beginning due to the 
“orange monster” and the people he attracts. 

Shreveport also held a Women’s March, 
coordinated by the National Organization for 
Women Shreveport/Bossier chapter. 

Graduate student Kirsten Doolan attended 
the march and wore an LGBTQIA+ pride flag 
as a cape. 

“It was great,” Doolan said. “Only one guy 
screamed at us.” On inauguration day, Doolan 
said they went on a social media blackout. 

“I march to show that we’re not just 
marching for cis women, or women at all,” 
Doolan said. Immigrant rights, rights for 
people with disabilities, justice for people of 
color and LGBTQIA+ rights are all important 
causes for Doolan. 

Both marches’ leaders encouraged 
participators to continue to attend community 
and activist events. 

NOW’s next action is “The March for 
Women’s Lives” in Shreveport outside 
the Festival Plaza on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. In 
New Orleans, Take ‘Em Down NOLA, an 
organization that marched on inauguration day, 
is holding a people’s assembly on Feb. 1 1 at 1 
p.m. on 1700 Conti Street. 


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Steven’s crunchy slaw salad 



STEVEN SHEERIN 


Photo by Steven Sheerin 


Photographer 

20 1 7 is here and let’s face it, being a college 
student and finding healthy choices is difficult 
with all of the unhealthy options out there. 

This cheap and easy salad can be eaten as 
an entree, appetizer or side. 

Ingredients: 

Dressing 

* 2 seasoning packets from Chicken 
Ramen noodles 

* 1/2 cup of olive oil 

* 1/3 cup of vinegar 

* 1/4 cup of Splenda or sugar 
Salad 

* 1 2 oz of Broccoli Slaw 

* 1 apple, cored and chopped 

* 1 cup of sunflower kernels 

* 1 cup of craisins 


Make sure to have a large mixing bowl 
and a smaller bowl. In the small bowl 
combine the seasoning packets, olive 
oil, vinegar and a choice of sweetener 
(Splenda, Stevia, etc.), then mix well. 
Don’t forget about the noodles from the 
ramen pack; they will be used later. Set 
the dressing to the side. 

Wash the slaw before use and the 
apple before cutting. Then, in the large 
bowl, combine the slaw, apple, sunflower 
kernels and craisins. Toss to combine. 
Pour the dressing on the salad (you 
may not use all of it, so put the rest in a 
container for another time). 

Gently toss the salad until it is evenly 
coated with the dressing. Before serving, 
break apart the noodles inside of the 
packaging, then sprinkle on top of the 
salad and enjoy. 



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Clowns 

JAZZMYN FEAGINS 

Contributing Author 

My biggest fear is a clown taking me 

I am so scared of clowns 

The ones with the red noses and scary makeup 

I’ve always been scared of them 

To the point where I just can’t stand the sight of them 

I really hate the ones with the really nice smiles and smooth words 

The ones that approach me out of lust 

See, I hate those clowns because I know what they want 

They want my biggest fear, so they can use them to lure me in 

And once they get me they’ve got me 

They use me and then they throw me away 

So I’m in constant fear 

Because I know there is a clown always near 

These clowns make it hard to get out 

No matter where I go 

But the sad thing is. . . 

My biggest fear is what I lust after the most 

Aye lil mm 

ERIN BROWN 

Contributing Author 

Aye lil mana. 

Damn you are looking so sexy today 
Excuse me sir, please try again 
Because that’s not my name 

I’m really not interested in hearing you spit your game 
Thanks for the compliment, but your method was lame 
See, from what you said I can tell you’re the same 

How about you introduce yourself and give your reason for approaching me 

Describe me with adjectives like beautiful gorgeous attractive or pretty 

And please don’t come up to me if you only want me physically 

Ask me about my deepest thoughts, my emotions, my passions, my state mentally 

I need someone who’s interested and attracted to all of me 

Not someone who’s only desire is to give me the D 

But that real D, for dedication and devotion that’s what I need 

So if you can’t give that to me then please just leave 

So excuse me if I’m not trying to hear what you say 

It’s just I’ve heard the game before, and baby I don’t want to play 






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Bars in Natchitoches have not yet adopted the angel shot system, but some are looking into adopting 
something similar to promote women’s safety. Photo by Emily Talbot 


Nightlife safety in Natchitoches 


Keeping yourself 

safe in Natchitoches 

AIM-GEL SAMUEL 

Reporter I- 

Most sexual assaults and other crimes 
are more likely to occur at night on a college 
campus, according to SafeWise, a home 
security and safety site. 

The University Police department officers 
urge students to report anything unusual and to 
keep in contact with them if they sense danger. 

A few campus safety tips provided by the 
University Police are to: 

• Lock doors and windows to your room 
“The main thing for all students would be 

for them to lock their doors and try to know 
who is coming in and out of your apartment,” 
University Police Captain Wesley Harrell said. 

• Secure your vehicle 

• Don’t leave personal belongings in the 
open 

• Create a list of your personal property, 
including serial numbers 

• Avoid walking alone at night 

“I usually do not walk on campus or 
anywhere by myself,” freshman Kyra Jones 
said. “I always walk with a group of friends or I 
will stay on the phone with someone until I have 
arrived safely.” 

“It’s always best to walk with a friend, but 
if a student has to walk alone, they can call the 
campus police office, and we will transport 
them anywhere on campus to ensure safety,” 
Harrell said. 

• Be aware of your surroundings 

“Pm always prepared for anything to 
happen, so I keep mace on me at all times,” 
sophomore Ariel Martin said. “I also make 
sure Pm with a friend whenever I need to go 
anywhere at night or during the day.” 

• If you see something, say something 
“Something I wish our students would do 

is if they see something that is out of place or 
doesn’t fit, that they would go ahead and call 
university police,” Harrell said. “We would like 
to be the determining factor of what is going 
on.” 

The University Police office is located at 
315 Caspari Street by the infirmary. Call them 
at318-357-5431. 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

A trend is clearly arising in bars and 
clubs to improve women’s safety. 
Across the internet, photos of 
new signs in the bathrooms of bars are 
uploaded every day. 

The signs have instructions for women 
who feel unsafe during a night out; they 
are told to go to the bartender and order 
an “angel shot.” Ordering an angel shot 
allows women to seek help from bartenders 
without alerting their dates. 

The new trend can be ordered three 
different ways; each way signals something 


different to the bartender. 

Ordering a “neat angel” shot means 
that the woman wants to be escorted to 
her vehicle, a shot with ice means she 
wishes for a car service to be called and 
a shot with lime tells the bartender to call 
the police. 

While Natchitoches bars have not 
joined the angel shot trend, some already 
have procedures for handling danger. 

“I’ve never had to call the police on a 
customer,” Pioneer Pub employee Joan 
Willis said. “I escort troublemakers 
outside and tell them not to come back, 
and that’s always worked here.” 

The situation is almost identical at 


Mama’s Oyster House. Bartender Haley 
Crow said that they have never had to 
resolve any problems between customers. 

Antoon’s bartender Kendall Perot has 
heard of this new safety mechanism but 
said that they are not currently using the 
angel shot system themselves. 

“I read about it last week,” Perot said. 
“I’ve already gotten in touch with our 
owner about doing something like this.” 

As of right now, Antoon’s has 
policemen posted at the bar and Perot 
watches for any conflicts among patrons 
herself. She hopes to implement a 
system similar to the angel shot trend in 
Antoon’s soon. 


Students report on-campus bookstore troubles 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

The NSU campus bookstore is a prime 
location for students to buy their books 
for the new semester. While the location is 
convenient for students, some customers said 
that they have experienced problems when 
shopping at the store. 

An employee at the bookstore, who has 
asked to remain anonymous, said that they 
love their job for the ability to interact with 
students, but the position has its downfalls. 

“There is always a problem with the 
right number of books not being available to 
students,” the employee said. “They order 
based on estimated sales, so if there are like 
100 students in the class, the store estimates 


the sales to be about 30-40, which never 
works.” 

NSU Bookstore manager Cynthia Hebert 
said that book sales are estimated based on past 
sales for the same class. 

“Once book lists get entered into our 
system, we look back at our records and see 
how many books we sold previously and how 
many people were in the class and order 
accordingly,” Hebert said. “We also listen to 
the professor if they are just adamant about the 
demand of a book.” 

Junior biology major Ekaterina Bordelon 
said that her books were not always available 
when she attempted to pick them up for the 
semester. 

“They don’t always have my books in stock, 
which doesn’t bother me that much,” Bordelon 


said, noting that it does bother her professors. 

Bordelon said that professors plan their 
class schedules before the semester begins, and 
delaying class time because of a textbook issue 
can lead to falling behind with the syllabus. 

If students find that a book is not on their 
booklists ahead of classes or not on the shelf, 
Hebert said most of that depends on when the 
books are reported to them. 

“When one thing is backed up, everything 
gets backed up,” Hebert said. “If the university 
releases classes late or professors do not tell 
[the bookstore] what books they plan to use 
until right before classes, it is nearly impossible 
to get the books on the shelf in time for rush.” 

Students with financial aid overages are 
awarded a book voucher for up to $1000; 
the voucher is only redeemable at the NSU 


Bookstore and Neebo, which leaves students 
who rely on financial aid two bookstore options. 

“I’ve learned over the three years that 
I’ve attended this university that it is best to 
avoid the bookstore unless your only source 
of income for purchasing textbooks is a book 
voucher,” Bordelon said. 

The bookstore offers to price check books 
with Amazon, bn.com and Neebo, but third 
party and membership prices are not eligible 
for the check. Students can either bring in the 
printed book listing or sales associates can 
price match in the store. 

Book vouchers are applicable until Jan. 25. 
The bookstore is open seven days a week, and 
any issues with books can be directed to (318) 
357-4473 or to the NSU Bookstore Manager 
Cynthia Hebert at sm638@bncollege.com. 




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Demons defeat Cowboys 



This season, senior guard Sabri Thompson's average score per game is 12.3 points. Photo by Gary Hardamon 

JACOB HICKS 

Reporter 


N orthwestern State saw a week off 
from play pay off with a 78-65 away 
win against McNeese State. 

The Demons, who are 8-9 on the season, 
picked up their second away win against a 
struggling Cowboys’ side who are 6-12. 

Sabri Thompson led the way for NSU, with 
2 1 points in the game, including two assists. 

“These last two nights have been crazy,” 
Thompson said. “Leading our team in points 
the last few games is always a good feeling. I’m 
always trying to help my team succeed in any 
way I can.” 


Thompson also had a career night against 
Nicholls, scoring an amazing 38 points, 
including draining seven out of 1 4 3-pointers 
in the close win. 

The Demons are still without star 
shooting guard Zeek Woodley since he broke 
his right wrist back in December. Woodley is 
the leading scorer for NSU and is the sixth- 
leading active shooter in the NCAA, with a 
career average of 19.3 points per game. He 
is not expected to be back until mid-Febuary. 

Josh Boyd led the Demons in assists 
on the night with six, as well as scoring 1 1 
points, while Tra’von Joseph led in rebounds 
with nine. 

“The key to the b allgame was our 
rebounding and defensive effort,” NSU Head 


Coach Mike McConathy said. “We tried to 
keep their shooters from catching the ball 
and when we did that, we made nice runs. 
Our post defense was good and that wasn’t 
in our first game against them, and it made a 
big difference.” 

The Demons defense held strong against 
the Cowboys, holding them to only 23 
points in the first half. 

NSU will try to make two wins in a row 
when they travel to their second of four away 
games against Southeastern on Wednesday, 
Jan. 25 . With a win they will make it back to 
.500 with twelve games to go in the season. 
The Demons will finish out their away games 
against Lamar and Central Arkansas next 
week. 


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Jan. 12-Jan. 21 
Athletic Scores 


Women’s Basketball 


1/12 WIN vs. Nicholls 

75-58 

1/14 WIN vs. Sam Houston 

78-51 

1/21 LOSS at McNeese State 

52-68 

Men’s Basketball 


1/12 WIN vs. Nicholls 

86-81 

1/14 LOSS vs. Sam Houston 

68-77 

1/21 WIN at McNeese State 

78-65 

Women’s Tennis 


1/21 WTEN atLSU 

0-7 

Jan. 25-28 

Athletic Schedule 

Women’s Basketball 


1/25 WBB vs . Southeastern 

5:30 p.m. 

1/28 WBB vs. Lamar 

2:00 p.m. 

Men's Basketball 


1/25 MBB vs. Southeastern 

7:30 p.m. 

1/28 MBB vs. Lamar 

4:30 p.m. 


KZBL 100.7 FM, KYSR 
92.1 FM 

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Basketball intramurals continue in spring semester 


JORDAN REICH 

Assistant Managing Editor 

WRAC intramurals are once again up and 
running for the spring semester. Basketball 
continues in 2017 after a kickoff in the fall 
when NSU hosted the Louisiana Collegiate 
Intramural Recreational Sports Association 
tournament. 

Available to all students, the first 
intramural sport season for the Spring 2017 
semester will begin Jan. 30 and end Feb. 
17, with the additional opportunity to play 
in the Demon Cup Basketball tournament 
on Feb. 11. Students can sign up for the 
men’s 6-feet- under team and the men’s and 
women’s leagues. 


Team registration for the leagues will 
open Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and close Feb. 11 
for the tournament. Those interested in 
participating must register in advance and 
send a representative to the captain’s meeting 
hosted in the WRAC classroom on Thursday, 
Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. 

Participation in a basketball intramural 
team requires a $ 30 team fee and an additional 
$5.50 fee for students not registered as full- 
time. 

To register for intramural sports at the 
WRAC, visit imleagues.com/NSULA or 
download the REC*IT app available for 
iPhone and Android. The full schedule is also 
available at these sites and at wrac.nsula.edu 
and the WRAC front desk. 



Students can participate in a number of intramural sports and 
activities. Visit imleagues.com/NSULA to register or to learn 
more. Photo from Creative Commons 




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Student Concerns FAQs 

TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

The purpose of the Student Concerns Facebook group is to 
connect students to people who can answer their questions. 
We have decided to compile some of the most frequently 
asked questions into one list. You’re welcome. 



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Why are some of my courses hidden on Moodle? 

O Click the “Customize this page” link, and 
select the maximum number of displayed 
courses to see all of the classes you are 

taking. 

Does declining balance carry over to the next 
semester? 

© It does from fall to spring, but not from 
spring to summer or fall. 

Should I buy my books from Neebo or the campus 
bookstore? 

Amazon. 

When is the last day to drop classes? 

O Jan. 25! Act now or stay in that 8 a.m. all 
semester. :/ 


How do I change my meal plan? 

© Stop by the OneCard office, and they’ll 
take it from there. 


Do Starbucks gift cards work at Cafe Demon? 
No, but you can buy Cafe Demon gift cards. 

When are refund checks being sent out? 

Even we don’t have the answer to this one. 

Can we decorate our graduation caps? 

Yes. 

Where is the math lab? 

Room 450B in Kyser Hall. 

Where do I get my alternate pin? 

Stop by your academic adviser’s office. 


Women in Louisiana must 

fight for human rights 



State Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, led the New Orleans 
Women's March on Jan. 21. Photo by Meg Denny 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

T he state of women in Louisiana is 
deplorable. Indeed, it was fitting 
when the Population Institute gave 
Louisiana an “F” on their report card for 
reproductive health and rights in 2015. 

We lack comprehensive sex education 
in schools, and as a result, 60 percent of 
pregnancies in the state were unintended in 
2015 (Guttmacher Institute) . 

According to The Guttmacher Institute, 
the public cost of unintended pregnancies in 
Louisiana was $651 million ($530.4 million 
was paid by the federal government, and the 
state covered $120.6 million). 

Furthermore, it’s important to note 
that 20.7 percent of working-age women 
had incomes below the poverty line in 
2015 (Center for American Progress), and 
equal pay for women in LA seems more 
unreachable every time the legislative 
sessions begin. 

In 20 1 5, unplanned pregnancies 
cost the state $ 120.6 million, the federal 
government $530.4 million and more 
than 104,572 family households had 
incomes below the poverty line (CAP). The 
comparison of these two statements weighs 
heavy on the women in Louisiana. 

On Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, 

Jan. 2 1 , over 2 1 ,000 people took to the 
streets of Baton Rouge, Shreveport and 
New Orleans to stand up for the rights 
and liberation of women, people of color, 
LGBTQIA+ folks, people with disabilities, 


undocumented workers, immigrants and 
other marginalized groups. 

Yes, Louisiana’s women are affected by 
this dangerous time. However, statistics and 
facts for the other marginalized communities 
listed above are even worse. 

As women who suffer in this state daily, 
we know what fates await our children and 
their children in this political climate. So, 
this is what I need to say: privileged women 
(white women especially) must do better. 

Remember that while 94 percent of black 
women voted for Hillary Clinton in this 
election, 53 percent of white women voted 
for Donald Trump (CNN). 53 percent of 
white women saw Trump’s racism, sexism, 
islamophobia, homophobia, etc. and voted 
for him regardless. 

My fellow white women: we really 
messed up this country for marginalized 
communities. We need to do better. Show 
up to your local protests and screenings. 
Volunteer for local and national non-profit 
organizations that fight for justice and 
liberation. Donate, donate, donate. If you 
cannot donate, share the organization’s 
information with as many people as you can. 

It is time that white women show up for 
our beloved trans women, queer women 
of color, people with disabilities, Latinx 
people, undocumented people and all of 
our communities suffering under white 
supremacy and political oppression. 

What comes after the Women’s March on 
Washington? Refusal to remain complacent 
in an oppressive climate. Refusal to stand 
still. We must continue to show up. We must 
be ready for action always. 








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Maggio candidate for permanent presidency 



Acting President Chris Maggio speaks at the Homecoming Pep Rally in October 2016. 

Photo by Karalee Scouten 



NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY’S 

STUDENT-RUN NEWSPAPER 

Henderson chimes 
in on UL future 

page 2 

Chronicles of the 
Kyser Brickway 

page 4 

Men’s basketball 
to take on Central 
Arkansas 

page 6 

Opinion: The 
importance of Black 
History Month 

page 7 



Chris Maggio Photo by Gary Hardamon 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

L ast semester. Former NSU President 
Dr. Jim Henderson migrated south 
to Baton Rouge for the winter to 
begin his new position as University of 
Louisiana System President last semester, 
leaving a vacant seat in the Office of the NSU 
President. 

The UL System will conduct a national 
search to fill the vacant seat, but in the 
meantime Vice President of the Student 
Experience Dr. Chris Maggio assumes the 
temporary role of Acting President while 
maintaining his current position. 

Although Maggio’s current business 
cards say “Acting President,” he has held 
many other positions over his 29 years 
at NSU, and no doubt, gone through a 
substantial amount of business cards. 
Maggio’s next role could be the new NSU 
president, as he plans to apply for the 
position. However, Maggio stressed that “in 
no way, shape or form” has he been promised 
the position. 

“I’m going to be a good listener and try to 
learn some new things, and, at the end of the 
day, I hope to become permanent president 
for many years to come,” Maggio said. “Now, 
if I’m not chosen... I will support the new 
president, whoever he or she is. I’m going to 
be their right hand and help them succeed.” 


Maggio first worked at NSU in 1988 
as the first full-time women’s track and 
cross country coach, which he did for 
six years. After a brief time as Assistant 
Athletic Director, Maggio moved out 
of coaching into administration. Since 
then, Maggio has earned his doctorate 
degree and filled several positions at 
NSU over the years including Director 
of Admissions, Director of Enrollment, 
Director of Alumni, Director of Alumni 
and Development, Dean of Students and 
Assistant Vice President of the Alumni 
Foundation. 

Both Dean Frances Conine and 
SGA President John Pearce said they 
think Maggio would be a great fit for the 
permanent NSU President. 

“He knows how the school and town 
function together, he has great ideas for 
the future, and he is able to relate to any 
student he meets,” Pearce said. “He’s one 
of the main reasons why I came to NSU , 
and I think he would do nothing but great 
things for the school.” 

Conine said she doesn’t “know anyone 
who loves Northwestern more” than 
Maggio and that he’s proven his leadership 
qualities with his vice president position. 

Maggio emphasizes that his passion is 
working with students, that it’s what keeps 
him “alive and motivated.” While Acting 
President, Maggio plans to keep moving 


forward with the “strategic vision” that 
began a couple years ago with Henderson, 
which includes improving NSU’s 
academics, student experience, market 
responsiveness, athletic prominence and 
community enrichment. 

Market responsiveness is becoming 
a more pressing issue for Louisiana 
universities as they try to cope with 
the budget cuts to TOPS and higher 
education. Maggio said NSU needs to be 
market responsive to offer programs that 
accommodate students and the job market. 

“We want to run [NSU] business- 
like, and that doesn’t mean running it 
like a business,” Maggio said. “Business- 
like means being market responsive. For 
instance, do we need to add or tweak 
programs? Where are the jobs?” 

On the subject of higher education’s 
increasing budget cuts, Maggio said that 
“[NSU] wants to get our students through 
this” and that we need to make “our voice 
heard” and tell legislators the importance of 
funding both TOPS and higher education. 

As Acting President, Maggio’s main 
goal is to be accessible to students and 
faculty and to listen and to support each 
other, adding “I’m not a big fan of unilateral 
decisions.” 

“As far as the day-to-day, you have a 
president,” Maggio said. “...I’m here for 
you. My door is always open.” 




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Catching up with Dr. Henderson 



New UL System President Jim Henderson has a large role in finding 
NSU’s new president. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

Distribution Manager 

Leaving the house at around 4:30 a.m. every 
morning to make the drive to Baton Rouge, 
Former NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson has 
logged 6,500 miles on his Mazda since Jan. 1. 
Henderson now serves as the President for the 
University of Louisiana System and is in charge 
of overseeing the nine Louisiana universities in 
the system. 

Henderson said the most important part of 
his new job is advocating for higher education. 
On Jan. 25, Henderson met with two legislators 
to discuss the importance of reinvesting in 
higher education. 

“We’re the lowest funded state on a per 
student basis in the entire Southern region 
and 49th out of 50 s s 

^1 v|j| 

The goal is to 


in the country,” 

Henderson said. 

“It’s hard to come 
up with a short- 
term answer, 
but you start the 
conversation 
because we know 

that a college education is the pathway to all 
things good in life.” 

Even though he is away from NSU, 
Henderson’s goals are still being implemented 
because of a strategic plan he helped draft 
when he first arrived. This plan helps fortify 
the university in key areas such as student 
experience, academic excellence, community 
enrichment, athletic prominence and market 
responsiveness. 

“I get a lot of energy from dealing with 
complex issues, and there is no shortage of 
complex issues at the state level in higher 
education,” Henderson said. “I really enjoy 
digging into that and Ending out what are the 
root causes of some of the chronic challenges 
that we face in Louisiana, especially in higher 
education.” 

Henderson is currently emphasizing that 


have the board 
vote on the next candidate by 
the first week of May. 

- Dr. Henderson 


higher education needs to be accessible for 
students who can’t afford the cost. 

“There is this whole group of students 
where higher education is just not practical 
[for them],” Henderson said. “Whether they 
are parents, workers or just have to support 
themselves, we have got to find away to expand 
our offerings to that population.” 

Henderson plays a key role in selecting the 
next NSU President since he is the head of all 
selection committees for the entire UL System. 
This committee includes key community 
members, the NSU Faculty Senate President, 
the SGA President, the Foundation Board 
President, the Alumni Association President 
and a community representative. 

“The committee will have its first meeting 
towards the end of February where they will 
finalize the timeline 
for the search,” 
Henderson said. 
“The goal is to have 
the board vote on 
the next candidate 
by the first week of 
May.” 

Between now 

and May, there will be a listening session for the 
community, a vetting process for the applicants 
and an opportunity for the applicants to meet 
faculty, students and community stakeholders 
before the committee makes its final selection. 

Even though he is away from the university, 
Henderson said that he misses being able to 
interact with the students. 

“I miss walking across the street from 
my office into the Creative and Performing 
Arts complex and talking to theatre students, 
listening to the trombones rehearse and seeing 
what the Spirit of Northwestern is up too,” 
Henderson said. “I miss walking into the 
Student Union and taking selhes with students. 
You cannot replace that connection at a system 
level. You fill that void by thinking about how 
the work we are doing in Baton Rouge is going 
to improve the lives of those students.” 


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SGA Minutes 

Jan. 30 


SGA approved 30+ students 
to committee appointments. 
The committees include Student 
Affairs, Discipline Appeals, 
Auxiliary Services, Committee 
on Organizations, University 
Diversity, WRAC, Safety, and 
Student Self-Assessed Fees. 

SGA discussed the success 
of Leadership NSU, the second 
annual leadership conference 
that was hosted Jan. 27-28 with 
the help of other organizations 
on campus, such as SAB. Over 
400 students registered or signed 
up to attend. Vice President Tre 
Nelson said that the featured 
speakers were impressed with the 
student body and called it “one of 
the friendliest student bodies that 
they’ve visited.” 

President John Pearce spoke of 
the response received following 
Leadership NSU, stating that he 
received numerous emails about 
students interested in becoming 
SGA senators. 

Senator of Academic Affairs 
Tyler Wright reported that 
SGA will host another speaker 
in February and an additional 
guest speaker on March 14 from 
the Center for Inclusion and 
Diversity. 

After the meeting, the SGA 
senators went to Cafe Demon 
for Meet Your Senator Day and 
the Macchiato & Music event to 
socialize with students. “[This 
event] is important because... it 
lets students know that the SGA is 
there to provide assistance to them 
if they ever want anything done on 
campus, or really have a concern 
that they want the administration 
to focus on,” Vice President Tre 
Nelson said. “SGA is there to be 
the voice to the student body.” 




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Keystone XL Pipeline in Louisiana gains opposition 



Over 400 people attended the original hearing in Baton Rouge 
for the pipeline's presence on Louisiana land. Poster by a protester 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

T he Bayou Bridge Pipeline is the tail- 
end of the Dakota Access Keystone 
XL Pipeline Project, the same pipeline 
water protectors are currently trying to stop in 
North Dakota. The entire pipeline project will 
span 1,134 miles from North Dakota to the 
Gulf Coast. 

163 miles of that will pass through more 
than 600 acres of wetland and 7 00 water bodies 
- including the Atchafalaya Basin - as the Bayou 
Bridge Pipeline. The resulting damage of the 
pipeline is a highly debated subject among 
Louisiana residents. 

The Louisiana Department Of Natural 
Resources is in charge of granting or denying 
the permit for the last 1 6 miles of the Bayou 
Bridge Pipeline after a hearing on Feb. 8 at 6 
p.m. in Napoleonville at the Assumption Parish 
Community Center. 

Cherri Foytlin, Director of Bold Louisiana, 
said that they expect a large opposition crowd 
at the hearing. 

Bold Louisiana is a non-profit organization 
that has played a major role in pipeline 
opposition. Bold’s Facebook page states, 
“[Louisiana’s] government has been hijacked 
by corporate carpetbaggers and lobbyists 
who have side-tracked the best interests of 
the people to support their own self-serving 
ideals.” 

In January, the Louisiana Department of 


Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers held a hearing in 
Baton Rouge for the largest portions of the 
pipeline in Louisiana. An estimated 400 people 
showed up for the hearing, most there to oppose 
the continuation of the pipeline. 

Communications Director for the Louisiana 
Dept. Of Natural Resources Patrick Courreges 
said that if the permanent environmental 
impacts of a new project cannot be avoided, 
they must be minimized. He assured that if 
this project causes wetlands to be lost in one 
area, they should be replaced in another by the 
company. 

“The whole mission of the Office of Coastal 
Management is to ensure that no loss ofwetlands 
occurs due to anything we permit,” Courreges 
said. “[W]e ask: is there a demonstrated need 
for this to be within the coastal zone? What’s 
the smallest footprint that you can make? Can 
you eliminate permanent impact?” 

Courreges encouraged people against 
the pipeline to bring evidence to the hearing 
that shows a possible violation in codes for 
these types of projects. The Office of Coastal 
Management works within the law. 

“If you don’t like the laws, go further up 
the chains and say, 6 Ok we want the laws that 
these environmental agencies work under to 
change,”’ Courreges said. 

The pipeline will create 2,500 temporary 
jobs and 12 permanent jobs, according to the 
company proposing the continuation of the 
line. Energy Transfer Partners. 


“[Unfortunately in Louisiana... a lot 
of people have been sold on this lie that it’s 
necessary to have the oil and gas industry here 
to provide jobs for us,” Foytlin said of these 
temporary jobs. “It’s an unfortunate lie because 
one of the fastest growing industries is actually 
renewables; it works better within the natural 
laws of the planet.” 

The decision to permit or deny the 
construction of the pipeline will be based off the 


laws existing for pipeline projects. Also, level 
of public interest and outrage presented will be 
counted in; anyone that attends may speak and 
their testament will be added to public record. 

“Most people do not want to see their 
water destroyed, their land destroyed or 
their democracy destroyed,” Foytlin said. 
“Most people want good-paying jobs, food 
on the table, and they want to put their kids 
through college.” 



Students are hopeful that Texas burger chain Whataburger will open a location in Natchitoches. 

Photo from Creative Commons 


Rumors of possible new Whataburger on 1-49 surface 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Reporter 

Rumors of a Whataburger moving into 
the old Burger King location on 1-49 have 
surfaced. 

“Natchitoches can’t get enough of 
burgers,” HMT Major Cody Lacaze said. 
“Let’s hope this rumor is true.” 

Whataburger is a regional fast food 
restaurant chain based in San Antonio, Texas, 


that specializes in hamburgers. Their signature 
menu deals are the Triple Meat Whataburger 
Whatameal, the Sweet and Spicy Bacon Burger 
Whatameal and the Double Meat Whatameal. 

“Whataburger would have to have a permit, 
and as of 2:30 p.m. on [Jan.25], there has 
been no permit requested at the interstate 
nor anywhere in the City of Natchitoches,” 
Attorney Joseph Stamey of the Stamey and 
Miller Law Firm said. 

Juanita Folwer, Planning Director of 


the Natchitoches Planning and Zoning 
Department, said there is no formal submittal 
of Whataburger happening at this moment. 

“The money I spend driving to the 
Shreveport Whataburger would be better 
spent at the Natchitoches one, so I’m excited,” 
Noah Baudoin said. 

“I’m excited for it because it gives us more 
food options to choose from,” Fine Arts Major 
Kyra Jones said. “I hope a buffet like Golden 
Corral is next.” 


Physics teacher 
| resigns mid-year 

| BRITTANY DAVIS 

{ Contributing Reporter 

Dr. Chris McMullen resigned from 
his position as a professor in the science 
| department in the fall semester. As a result, 
Mrs. McMullen and other faculty have taken 
! over his physics classes and labs. 

After news of Dr. McMullen’s departure, 
the department set out to find a replacement. 
One applicant was offered the position but did 
not take the job. 

When the news came that a new professor 
was not hired yet, the science department 
decided to use NSU’s already present faculty to 
fill Dr. McMullen’s vacancy. 

“[Reema McMullen] was able to take over 
[Dr. McMullen’s] vacant Physics 2040 course,” 
Dr. Francene J. Lemoine, Director of the 
school of Biological and Physical Sciences said. 
“She is teaching one overload course for that, 
as well as the [Physics 2520] calculus course.” 

Lemoine said that McMullen will receive 
compensation for the calculus course. Dr. Mike 
Antoon is also taking one of Dr. McMullen’s 
courses. 

At first, 1 1 students enrolled in a physics 
lab that no teacher could cover, but Lemoine 
said that the issue is solved. The students were 
divided into different labs and courses so the 
new semester could begin without a glitch. 




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Washington D.C. -based rapper Wale headlined DemonFest in 2016. Photo by Karalee Scouten 


KNWD plans DemonFest for 2017 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

DemonFest 2017 is coming up fast and 
KNWD General Manager Courtney Page 
said that this year will be bigger and better 
than students have seen in the past. 

The festival is set to take place on April 
21. KNWD staff and the SAB Concert 
Committee began working on the logistics 
as early as August. Everything at the festival, 
from food vendors to musicians, is carefully 
deliberated by these students. 

Page has worked on DemonFest for 
years, but this is the first one she is in charge 
of organizing. 

“I have been through three so far, so I 
feel confident to know what works and what 
does not,” Page said. “We really want to 
make it more for the students.” 

Page works closely with staff members 


Brett Stephens and Candice Richardson 
to plan every detail of the festival and to 
confirm vendors and artists. 

A used record store, vintage clothing 
shop and vintage jewelry store are set to have 
booths at DemonFest and more possibilities 
are in the works. 

KNWD News Director Shania Dauterive 
worked DemonFest last year and has come 
to appreciate the effort that goes into 
making the festival run. 

“It took a LOT of hard work, dedication 
and a lot of sweat,” Dauterive said. “But 
when the headliner got up and performed, I 
literally, not even joking, cried tears of joy. . . 
it made me feel accomplished.” 

Last year’s headliner. Wale, brought in a 
large crowd of students. The headliner for this 
year is still in discussion and will not be released 
until at least the end of February. 

Promos and giveaways are expected to 


start soon, as well as the release of the official 
DemonFest poster with all the confirmed 
artists. 

Glendalyn Boothe, a sophomore on the Pre- 
Med track at the Scholars’ College, went to her 
first DemonFest last year and said she looks 
forward to what changes are coming. 

“I love DemonFest, and I’m glad it seems to 
be growinglarger and larger each year,” Boothe 
said. “I still listen to some of the bands that have 
played in the past, and I will definitely be going 
this year.” 

The full KNWD staff will oversee making 
DemonFest happen again, but cannot do so 
without help. Volunteers are needed for set-up 
and tear-down of the festival. Those interested 
in volunteering can look for info in student 
messenger or can volunteer in the KNWD 
studio in Kyser. 

“It’s going to be freaking awesome,” 
Page said. 


Guest artist to perform at Saxophone Festival 


BRITTANY DAVIS 

Contributing Reporter 

This year’s Saxophone Fest at NSU will 
feature beat-boxing saxophonist Dereck Brown 
as the guest artist. 

The music department hosts the annual 
festival for musicians to hone in on their skills at 
various workshops and events taught by visiting 
musicians. Students will play their prepared 
pieces for Brown and receive tips and critiques 
during the festival on Feb. 4 from noon to 4:30 
p.m. 

“I’m excited to see what Dereck Brown can 
do and what lessons he has for us,” junior and 
third-year festival participant Kenyon Johnson 
II said. The musician has played the saxophone 
since he was in the sixth grade. 

Brown is known for his distinct style, in 
which he simultaneously plays the instrument 


while beat-boxing to incorporate rhythm. After 
a performance for the students, he will teach 
a master class. After the festival, he will join 
Dr. Paul Forsyth and his musical ensemble to 
perform at Maglieaux’s at 7 p.m. 

Forsyth, who has taught at NSU for 1 0 years 
as a saxophone professor, is the founder of 
Saxophone Fest. 

“We have guest artists come through a 
lot, especially saxophonists, because it helps 
the students in my studio... to see what other 
professionals are doing and what they’re 
teaching their students,” Forsyth said. “...I just 
started calling it Saxophone Fest when I brought 
in guest artists and it turned into away to bring 
high school students to NSU for recruiting.” 

High school saxophonists are also 
invited to the event, and this year students 
from Houston, Dallas and various Louisiana 
cities will attend the festival to learn from the 



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workshops and familiarize themselves with 
NSU’s undergraduate music programs. They 
are allowed to both observe and participate in 
the master classes. 

“That’s the beauty of it: getting the 
saxophone and what we do here at NSU outside 
of just this building,” Forsyth said. 


Celebration planned 
for Marie Therese 

‘CoinCoin’ Day 

TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

Founder of the Resurrection Fern 
Foundation Kelly Jackson is preparing 
for an event in honor of her ancestor, 
Marie Therese “CoinCoin.” 

CoinCoin was born a slave in 1742 
in the household of Natchitoches’ 
founder, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis. 
While serving the St. Denis family, 
CoinCoin was leased to a Frenchman 
named Claude Thomas Pierre Meter. 

The pair had 10 children in 20 
years, and Meter bought and freed 
CoinCoin in 1 778 . Her sons later built 
Melrose Plantation and St. Augustine 
Catholic Church. 

Jackson moved to Natchitoches 
from California after finding 
information about her family history 
on Facebook in 2010. 

“I came for six months, and it 
turned into four years,” Jackson said. 

After moving to Louisiana, Jackson 
motivated the state to recognize Marie 
Therese CoinCoin Day. 2017 is the 
fourth year of the day’s recognition. 

The fourth annual event of The 
Life and Times of Marie Therese 
“CoinCoin” is Feb. 1 1 from noon to 
2 p.m. at the Badin-Roque House. 
The event is free to the public and 
will include refreshments, live 
performances and a silent auction of 
folk art. 

Betty Metoyer-Roque will perform 
a monologue at the event and Professor 
of History at NSU and President of the 
Creole Heritage Center Pete Gregory 
will be one of the guest speakers. 

Many of the event’s participants 
will dress in period costumes that 
reflect the time in which CoinCoin 
lived. 

In addition to this event, Jackson is 
also working on a film, a documentary 
and a book. 

Jackson plans to make a film that 
spans multiple generations of family 
history. Her documentary is entitled 
“Yesterday’s Cane River Folk Tales” 
and will feature interviews with 
residents from the Cane River area. 

“I’m also working on making 
monuments that honor women from 
around the area,” Jackson said. She is 
currently advocating for the building 
of statues that honor CoinCoin, 
Clementine Hunter, Kate Chopin and 
other notable Louisiana women. 





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Breadsticks and wedgies: Chronicles of Kyser Brickway 



Foot traffic is frequently high on the brick walkway between Kyser and Williamson Hall. Fire ants, 
squirrels and students are just a few creatures regularly seen in this area. Photo by Alec Horton 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

I f you ever find yourself wandering aimlessly 
around campus, wondering why you chose 
to survive four years of college, I highly 
suggest stopping by the brick path between 
Kyser and Williamson Hall. 

This is prime people-watching real estate, 
my friends. 

For two consecutive days, I spent the better 
part of an hour sitting on the steps overlooking 
the long stretch of bike racks and conveniently 
placed trees. I grabbed a beverage and 


casually eavesdropped, enjoying some quality 
entertainment, free of charge. 

Monday 

(1:14 p.m.): Girl inconspicuously fixes what 
appears to be a really intense wedgie. I feel a 
sudden wave of empathy; I have been this girl. 

(Overheard at 1 : 1 7 p.m.): “I don’t always wake 
up crying,” someone said. This one really 
resonated with me. Who hurt you? 

(1:19 p.m.): I notice an abandoned cheesy 
breadstick, sitting alone on the steps. I think 


about taking a bite, but remember that my 
ancestors did not die for this. 

(1:34 p.m.): A cluster of completely 
forgettable dudes walk by. They are loud 
(and I mean absurdly loud). I wonder what 
they are compensating for. 

(1:37 p.m.): Girl with long, pretty red 
hair walks by. She’s intently listening to 
music. I genuinely want to know what 
she’s listening to and how her day is going 
because she looks totally lost in whatever 
world she’s in. 


( 1 :46 p.m.): I’m suddenly overcome with dread 
at the rapid influx of people stepping past 
me and invading my very reasonable 20-foot 
personal space bubble. 

(1:58pm): Avery cute, happy couple walks by 
holding hands. I imagine myself as the flower 
girl at their wedding. 

(1:59 p.m.): The cheesy breadstick prevails. 
Nobody seems to notice. 

(2:10 p.m.): An exciting development - 
there are now ANTS en route to the cheesy 
breadstick. Possibly fire ants. Spicy boys. 

Tuesday 

(3:24 p.m.): It’s quiet. Slightly cold. I’m one of 
the only people here right now. 

(3:26 p.m.): A white maintenance truck drives 
past me, uncomfortably slow. The gas cover is 
open; maybe it’s an artistic choice. 

(3:3 1 p.m.): I make a comprehensive list of how 
many different ways I could physically get my 
entire body stuck in a bike rack. 

(3:38 p.m.): My existence is essentially 
meaningless, and I will die someday. 

(3:40 p.m.): Two squirrels chase each other, 
and both of them are chubby. Nice! If I were 
a squirrel, I would have snatched that cheesy 
breadstick from yesterday. 

(Overheard at 3:46 p.m.): “Found an entire 
Quizlet for it so I’m down to get plastered later 
if you are.” 

(3:51 p.m.): I try to think back on what I have 
learned these past two days. What it honestly 
boils down to is that observing the futility of 
everyday student life doesn’t change anything. 
I have no miraculous conclusion for you. So 
gotcha. *micdrop* 


Student Theatre Organization brings ( The Vagina Monologues’ to campus 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

Director of the Student Theatre 
Organization’s production of “The Vagina 
Monologues,” Madalyn Mullins, hopes to 
remind viewers of the pain and beauty of the 
feminine experience. 

“Everyone with a feminine experience 
needs to hear that you’re not alone,” Mullins 
said. “It’s also important for male-identifying 
people to understand what women go through. ” 

“The Vagina Monologues” was written 
by Eve Ensler based on interviews that 
Ensler conducted with several women. Each 
monologue addresses women’s sexuality, and 
the show covers everything from good sexual 
experiences to the horrific acts of violence that 
men inflict on women during war. 

The show’s cast consists of seven women 
who are dividing eleven monologues between 
them. Segments with the whole cast come in 
between the monologues. 


“The show is not fully comedic or 
dramatic,” Mullins said. “It’s a reverence to all 
of the parts of womanhood, the good and the 
bad.” 

“This show is a conversation starter,” cast 
member Azriel Marshall said. “We don’t talk 
about a lot of the struggles that women go 
through.” 

Being a part of this show has helped some 
cast members to feel more comfortable with 
themselves and other women. 

“We talk about things that we don’t even 
talk to our girl friends about,” Marshall said. 
“Eve gained friends, gained knowledge and 
became more open because of this show.” 

The show will run from Feb. 1-3 in the 
Wann Theatre on the second floor of Theatre 
CAPA. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show 
starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students 
and faculty and $10 for general admission. 
Proceeds from the show will go to the V-Day 
Campaign, which funds efforts to end violence 
against women and girls. 



Cast members Made Barrios (left), Mona Nasrawi and Payton 
Hartwick rehearse for the upcoming production. Photo by Valentina Perez 






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Demons shine at Pittsburg State Invitational 


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Junior Daeshon Gordon hurdles to victory at the PSU 
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T he Northwestern State track and 
held teams left the PSU Invitational 
with a slew of top performances, and 
Coach Adam Pennington took note as the 
Demons’ and Lady Demons’ effort resulted in 
a combined 12-medal stand finishes, including 
seven-second places. 

“Excluding competing for a conference 
championship, this was the best meet we’ve had 
in the last two years,” Pennington said. 

Lady Demon Daeshon Gordon winning the 
women’s 60-meter hurdles and contributing to 
the Lady Demons’ victory in the 4x400 relay 
highlighted the meet, along with the Demons’ 
Micah Larkins continuing to charge up the 
world rankings in the 60-meter sprints. 

Gordon, a junior out of Pompano Beach, FL, 
nabbed her second straight win in the hurdles 
with a time of 8.27 after previously winning at 
the UAB Vulcan Invite. Her performance in the 
60-meter hurdles now ranks top-25 nationally. 
In the relay, she teamed with Tamara Styles, 
Natashia Jackson and De’Shalyn Jones for a 
first-place time of 3:45.37. 

In sprints, the 
Lady Demons 66 
now are tops m 
the Southland 
Conference in 
every event. 

Jermeka McBride 
and Natashia 
Jackson both 
medaled in the 
200-meter dash, as McBride took silver 
(24.28) and Jackson claimed bronze (24.56). 
Jackson, a standout freshman from Houston, 
Texas, also took home a second-place finish in 
the 400-meters ( 5 5 . 78 . ) . 

Others contributing for the Lady 
Demons were Jasmyn Steels, Destiney 


Myers and Gerianna Lyons. 

Steels, who is fresh off a win in the long 
jump at the UAB 
Vulcan, once again 
found the podium 
after leaping 
19-05.25 
this week to claim 
silver. 

Lyons and 

Myers each 

had their best 
performance of the year in the weight throw 
and shot put, respectively. Lyons, a junior 
from Baldwin, finished second with a toss of 
54-07.50, while Myers’ shot put of 46-00.00 
found her in third place. 

On the men’s side, sophomore Larkins 
continued to show why he is one of the premier 


sprinters in the Southland Conference. His 
time of 6.68 in the 60-meter final resulted in 
a second-place finish. But more importantly, it 
placed him in the top-20 nationally, and in the 
top-50 worldwide. 

Amir James, another top performer for the 
Demons, finished third in the 200-meter dash 
with his time of 21.34, while also helping the 
4x400 relay team of George Flaviano, Larkins 
and Charlie Milton to a silver medal with a time 
of3:13.72. 

Distance runner Josh Wilkins continued 
his dominance, running a one-mile time of 
4:19.88, which resulted in a second-place 
finish. 

NSU track and held will head back to one 
of the nation’s best facilities in Pittsburg State, 
as they are set to return for the second annual 
Indoor Gorilla Classic on Feb. 1 0. 


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Jan. 25-31 
Athletic Scores 


Women’s Basketball 

1/25 LOSS at Southeastern 
1/28 LOSS at Lamar 

58-69 

60-73 

Men’s Basketball 

1/25 WIN at Southeastern 
1/28 LOSS at Lamar 

85-71 

64-85 

Women’s Tennis 

1/28 LOSS at Tulane 

0-4 

Feb. 2-4 

Athletic Schedule 

Women’s Basketball 

2/4 vs. Stephen F. Austin 

1 p.m. 

Men's Basketball 

2/2 at Central Arkansas 

2/4 vs. Stephen F. Austin 

7 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 

Women's Tennis 

2/4 at Southern Methodist 
University 

1 p.m. 


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Basketball to take on Central Arkansas 


JACOB HICKS 

Contributing Reporter 

The Northwestern State men’s basketball 
team will travel up north to take on Central 
Arkansas on Feb. 2. 

The Demons have been on the road for 
the past four games; the first two of these 
away games were against McNeese State and 
Southeastern. NSU defeated McNeese easily, 
winning 78-65, but had a much tougher test 
when they faced the Lions from Hammond. 

Down 37-35 at halftime, Devonte Hall lit 
up the floor with a career-high 28 points, and 
Jordan Bell made a double-double with 18 
points and 12 rebounds to help the Demons 
pull off the victory, 85-71. 

“Devonte had an incredible game,” Demons 
Head Coach Mike McConathy said. “He had 
the ball in his hands and got to the line again and 
again and converted. He’s a tough guy who has 
made late game plays for us again and again.” 

Their two-game win streak came to a halt. 


however, when they traveled to Texas to take on 
Lamar. The Cardinals were able to whip up on 
the Demons, 85-64. They shot 55 percent from 
the floor and had almost double the amount of 
rebounds on the Demons, 39-2 1 . 

“We didn’t have the extra energy to win 
the 50-50 balls, and it seemed like Lamar got 
nearly every one,” McConathy said. “We didn’t 
lay down by any means, but we weren’t effective 
except in a couple of spurts.” 

In the final game of the away game stretch, 
the Demons take on a Central Arkansas team 
that has struggled mightily all season. The 
Bears have won only four of their 22 games this 
season, and three of them were in conference. 

“It’s been a long stretch of games,” Guard 
Reginald Kissoonlal said. “We got one more 
on the road, and we’ve got to pick up a win. We 
need to keep up with the conference.” 

Northwestern State’s next home game is 
a double header against reigning Southland 
Conference champions and rivals Stephen F. 
Austin on Sat., Feb. 4. 



Sophomore Guard Reginald Kissoonlal scored 8 points for the 
Demons at the most recent Lamar game. Photo by Gary Hardamon 





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The importance of Black History Month 


ASHLYN GUIDRY 

Contributing Writer 

D ear Students, Faculty and All, 

As we begin to up our game and 
dive further and further into this 
semester, we must not forget about February. 
February is an important month: Black History 
Month. 

The very fact that Black History Month 
exists makes a lot of people uncomfortable and 
sometimes outright hostile. African Americans 
have a complex history in this country that they 
did not have any control over. 

Part of the significance of Black History 
Month is to help the Black community 
remember where they come from, and to 
provide an opportunity to teach the rest of 
America, and the world, about tolerance 
towards Black people. 

Black people are a displaced people, 
and they experience diaspora constantly as 
they try to discover their identities and how 
they fit in America. Black History Month is 
an opportunity to help towards coping with 
this fact. 

A lot of Black people are deprived of 
learning about their history because Western 
World education usually takes precedence; it 
is believed to be more refined and “universal.” 
This should not deter anyone from learning 
about Black History (especially outside of the 
month of February) because it is a rich history 
full of discovery, innovation and advancements 
in the world. 

Black people have a unique way of looking 
at the world from their roots in Africa and 
influences across the world, and African 
Americans specifically display a particular 
strength and sense of community because of all 
of the challenges and injustices they have had 
to overcome. 

Slavery was an institution of oppression. 
Whether or not you believe Black people 
should have gotten over it by now is irrelevant, 
because Black people have not. It is an 
extremely painful side to their history. 


Have some compassion. As we argue back 
and forth about whether or not we should 
be politically correct, we should always be 
emotionally correct and remember that human 
beings live different and yet very similar 
experiences. 

Remember to look for the humanity in 
everyone, even the people you may disagree 
with (I know it is hard, but it is still a must 
towards great change). Recognize that Jim Crow 
laws were a form of keeping Black individuals 
as second-class citizens. If you are incapable of 
understanding that part of history, then there is 
a wonderful opportunity to educate yourself or 
find some assistance in doing so, and it is called 
Black History Month. 

The most important reason to participate 
and take advantage of the awesome and amazing 
opportunity to learn as much as you can during 
Black History Month is to help you understand 
why so many African Americans are protesting 
right now. It will help you understand why 
Americans are deeming this country to be under 
a new Jim Crow with the mass incarceration 
system. 

You cannot have an honest, productive 
dialogue about the state that African Americans 
are in without having knowledge that is not 
racially biased to back up your statements. 

You will not get listening and understanding 
ears; you will only receive anger and hostility. 
African Americans must learn to remember 
to listen at the end of the day, no matter how 
difficult and painful it may be. 

It is difficult when a whole people have been 
through so much and are forced to continue to 
go through more. Prevailing through justice and 
love is the ultimate goal, and we must all remain 
optimistic and continue to work together to 
reach that goal. 

Challenge yourself to do more during Black 
History Month if you care about this country. 

Remember it’s not only knowledge that’s 
important, but active participation as well. 

Sincerely, 
A Voice That Matters 
(A young Black woman) 


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Black Empowerment 

ACQUIRIA MITCHELL & ERIN BROWN 

Contributing Authors 

My people posses an unbreakable strength 

Put us in chains, but we will overcome 

My people posses an unshakeable faith 

You can shackle our hands and feet, but not our mind or spirit 

My people posses an unquenchable thirst to thrive 

Oppress us yet we will find a way to rise again 

My people 

My people? We are strong, we are amazing, we are beautiful 

My people come in many different shades 

Amber, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, the list goes on 

Our hair comes in all lengths and textures 

From shoulder to waist length from curly to kinky 

And just like our hair, we cannot be tamed 

We cannot be tied down 

We cannot be contained by the stereotypes that suppress us 

No matter what is in our way, we will always shake back 

No matter the obstacles in our way, we will always shake back 

We will continue to love our full lips and big hips 

Bantu knots, comrows and twists 

Even when this whitewashed world shames us for them 

They shame us, yet they want to be us 

They love everything about us, but us 

All the spray tans in the world will not be able to give you the magic 
melanin we posess 

All the money in the world will not be able to give you the real thing 
We are the real thing 

Our melanin is not a trend 

It isn’t just something you can pick up and put back down when you’re 
tired of it 

It is something to be proud of 

Something to embrace 

Can you be proud of something you stole? 

Something that never has or never will belong to you? 

It’s like how Christopher Columbus for Ending America and there were 
already people living on it. 

But who gets the recognition? 





Professionals share secrets for coping with performance anxiety 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

P erformance Psychologist and 
musician Dr. Noa Kageyama had 
“tried everything” to ease his 
performance anxiety. He tried drinking 
chamomile tea, taking supplements, 
imagining the audience in their underwear, 
eating bananas, and several other tactics, but 
nothing worked. 

It wasn’t until his graduate work at The 
Julliard School in New York City with Sports 
Psychologist Dr. Don Greene that he realized 
that “anxiety itself is not the problem.” 

“The problem is that most of us have 
never learned how to use adrenaline to our 
advantage,” Kageyama said. “By telling 
ourselves and our students to 6 just relax,’ we 
are actually doing each other a disservice by 
implicitly confirming that the anxiety we feel 
is bad and to be feared.” 

Kaegayma, now an alumnus and faculty 
member of Julliard, teaches musicians how 
to overcome performance anxiety through 
workshops and individual coaching. He also 
shares his insight on a blog he started called 
“The Bulletproof Musician.” 

According to a 2001 Gallup pool, 40 
percent of adults in the U.S. fear public 
speaking, or experience performance 
anxiety, similar to musicians. 


Rather than trying to subdue anxiety, 
Kageyama says performers should learn to use 
their adrenaline to fuel their performances 
through a process known as “centering.” 

In this process, the performer should 
form declarative statements about their 
upcoming performance: for example, “I will 
have an exceptional performance,” rather 
than “I hope this performance goes well.” 

Additionally, Kageyama recommends 
that performers take deep breaths through 
the diaphragm to prevent muscle tension and 
insufficient chest breathing. 

“Instead of trying to get rid of the energy 
adrenaline provides by relaxing or taking beta 
blockers, you can learn to use it, channel it 
into your performance, and take your playing 
to a whole new level,” Kageyama said. 

To help students who struggle with 
performance anxiety, NSU Instructor of 
Oboe and Music Leah Forsyth shares the 
strategies that have helped her throughout 
her performance career. For instance, she 
finds that practicing yoga reduces her anxiety. 

However, Forsyth said “over-preparing 
and playing in front of as many people as 
you can” is the best way to overcome stage 
fright. 

“There is something nice about 
perfection in music; but we’re all people, 
and we’re all making music together,” 
Forsyth said. 




Doug Bakenhus (left) will conduct the Natchitoches- 
Northwestern Symphony on Feb. 7, assisted by graduate student 
Jolie Masmela. Photos by Alec Horton 






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Alejandra Monjardin poses with her 
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Travel ban temporarily prevents student’s return 


ELISABETH PEREZ 

Public Affairs Manager 

A n NSU student couldn’t board her 
flight to the U.S. after her semester 
abroad when President Donald 
Trump signed the executive order on a 90- 
day travel ban. 

The new order began on Jan. 27 and 
suspended all travel, including visa holders, 
from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan 
and Yemen. It also banned refugees from 
entering the U.S. for 120 days, banned 
Syrian refugees indefinitely and cut the total 
number of refugees allowed in the U.S. by 
half. 

Although Alejandra Monjardin is not 
from one of the seven banned countries, 
the international student from Mexico 
experienced difficulty returning to the U. S. at 
the end of her fall semester studying abroad in 
Madrid, Spain, with the International Student 
Exchange Program. She blames the chaos 
surrounding the new order for the confusion 
she encountered at Adolfo Suarez Madrid- 
Barajas Airport in Spain on Thursday, Feb. 2. 

“The airport officials were very 
confused,” Monjardin said. “They said 
Trump had just passed some new regulation, 
and this was the first day it was going to be put 
into effect.” 

Spanish airport officials did not allow 
Monjardin to enter the U.S. until she 
purchased an additional ticket as proof she 
would depart the U.S. at the end of her stay. 

The only explanation officials could give 
Monjardin was that President Trump had 
just instated new regulations. They refused 


to allow her to board her flight, fearing she 
would be sent back to Spain after landing in 
the U.S. 

“I had four or five Spanish airport 
officials surrounding a computer, trying 
to look up the new rules and policies,” 
Monjardin said. “ ... I constantly had people 
coming up to me and apologizing.” 

Monjardin safely returned to the U.S. 
on Feb. 3. By the end of her trip, she had 
purchased three tickets — her original 
ticket, a new ticket 
after she was forced 
to miss her flight 
because of the 
confusion and a 
ticket as proof she 
will exit the U.S. 

“This was the 
first time I have ever felt there was something 
wrong with my Mexican heritage,” 
Monjardin said. “Somehow I felt less than 
or unworthy because of my nationality.” 

Director of the International Students’ 
Resource Center TelbaEspinoza-Contreras 
said that travel regulations have not changed 
for international students. (Students must 
have a valid visa, passport and an 1-20 form 
with a signature. “Exit” tickets are not a 
requirement). 

“It’s hard to realize how this is affecting 
not only the people from the seven 
countries, but also everyone else who is 
here as an immigrant,” Espinoza-Contreras 
said. 

She said many international students 
have come to her, worried about traveling 
home for fear they may not be able to return 
and complete their degrees. 


Espinoza-Contreras said that though 
international students’ fears about traveling 
home may not currently be valid, these fears 
are still present and have been caused by the 
current political hostility toward immigrants. 

Currently, no international students 
from the seven affected countries are NSU 
students. Former Northwestern President 
Dr. Jim Henderson, however, said in an email 
that “last year, 49 students on visas from the 
seven countries 

named in the 

executive 
order studied 

at UL System 
universities.” 

“Fortunately, 

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(if not all) of the 
faculty, staff and students of our universities 
would likely already be in the U.S. and 
unaffected by the order,” Henderson said. 

In a statement released by the News 
Bureau on Jan. 31, Acting President Dr. 
Chris Maggio expressed the university’s 

support “for all of its students and faculty 

regardless of race, gender, creed or national 
origin” and said that NSU will provide 
“assistance and support in every way possible 
for those in the NSU family that are affected 
by the immigration policy.” 

The travel ban was temporarily suspended 
by Judge James Robert on Friday, Feb. 3. 
In a hearing on Feb. 7, the 9th U.S. Circuit 
Court of Appeals heard arguments from both 
sides of the issue. A decision is yet to be 
announced, but it is expected that the losing 
side will most likely appeal the case to the 
Supreme Court. 




It’s hard to realize how this 
affecting not only the people 
from the seven countries, but also 
everyone else who is here as an 


immigrant 




- Telba Espinoza-Contreras 




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Reporter 

Bookstore - 1st floor 

Open from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - 
Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Fridays. 

Greek Life -1st floor 

Offices can be found in room 152. Greeks 
with questions should email creppels@ 
nsula.edu or call 318-357-5439. 

SGA Office, Room 100 

Provides two free scantrons per day to 
students with a current student ID. 

Grill 155 - 1st floor 

Fast food service featuring grill items. 
Serves cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, 
grilled chicken breast sandwiches, etc. daily. 
Accepts declining balance, cash and credit 
cards. Open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - 
Thursday and 1 1 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Fridays. 

Vic’s -2nd floor 

Serves omelets, pizza, pasta, sandwiches 
and salads daily. Every day features two 
special hot lunches. After 3 p.m., Coca Cola 
Freestyle is half-priced. Accepts declining 
balance, cash and credit cards. Open from 
7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Fridays. 

Office of Disabilities 

Students with a disability who feel they 
need accommodations at the university 
should visit room 234 to apply. Those 
with questions can email the Director of 
Disability Support, Catherine Faucheaux, 
at faucheauxc@nsula.edu or call the office 
at 318-357-4460. 

Computer Lab - Room 235 

Students can print from 8 a.m. - 4:30 
p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 11:30 
a.m. on Fridays. 


Ballroom, President’s Room, Cane 
River Room, Room 22 1 

These rooms are available for rent for 
RSOs. Presidents can log into the EMS 
system to book the rooms for one date or 
for a reoccurring date. Options are available 
for-set up type, projection system and other 
technological set ups. 

ATTENTION: Those using the Ballroom 
should visit room 2 1 4 at least a week before 
the event to ensure that set-up is done 
properly. 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

Students who are seeking resources and 
educational programming or who need a 
space to express themselves are invited to 
visit room 220. 

Classrooms 312-321 

These rooms are available for rent for 
RSOs. Presidents can log into the EMS 
system to book the rooms for one date or for 
a reoccurring date. Options are available for 
set-up type, projection system, and other 
technological set ups. 

Dean of Students 

Dean Frances Conine’s office is located 
in room 309. Students with questions or 
concerns can contact her at 318-357-5286 
or coninef@nsula.edu. 

Title IX Office 

Students experiencing sexual assault 
of any type can contact Title IX Deputy 
Coordinator Fori Feblanc at 318-357- 
5570 or at leblancl@nsula.edu. Students 
can also walk into her office, room 308, 
to report. If it is an emergency, please call 
University Police at 318-357-5431. 

Counseling and Career Services 

Confidential, free counseling is provided 
for students. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on 
Fridays. 24-hour crisis service is available 
to all students. If you need a counselor after 
hours, call University Police and a counselor 
will be contacted for you. To schedule an 
appointment, students can call 318-357- 
5621 or visit room 305. 



SGA Minutes 

Feb. 6 


SGA discussed the 
upcoming speaker on Feb. 15, 
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe. 
The event is in Magale Recital 
Hall at 7 p.m. 

- SGA Vice President 
Tre Nelson announced that 
Director of Athletics Greg 
Burke will attend the next 
meeting to talk about athletics 
and encourages students to 
ask any tough, hard-hitting 
questions they have. 

- Senator of Academic 
Affairs Tyler Wright said that 
the Academic Success Center 
will partner with SGA to host 
an informational event for 
students about taxes. The 
event does not have a set date, 
but is planned to take place in 
late February or early March. 

- SGA appointed six new 
senators to office: Bailey 
Pierce, Angelo Hurtado, 
Cherish Wilson, Alexander 
Stewart, Jacob Hammons and 
Justin Guillory. Stewart said 
he joined SGA because he 
wanted to get involved and 
“be a part of something else” 
in addition to being a part of 
the ROTC program and Sigma 
Nu. 

- Senator Ragan Aple 

reported that SAB is hosting 
Casino Night on Feb. 21 at 
7 p.m. in the student union 
ballroom. Additionally, 

Spring Fling and DemonFest 
will be held together on April 
2 1 . It will be an all-day event, 
and crawfish will be served. 





news 


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University develops new 
Quality Enhancement Plan 


The five-year plan 

i 

MEG DENNY 

I 

Managing Editor 

I 

By the academic year of 2021-2022, 
every program at NSU will require their 
seniors to complete either an internship 1 
experience, writing project or performative 
collaborative project, according to the 
university’s new Quality Enhancement Plan. 

The plan began two years ago with an 
email sent out to all faculty members asking 
for input on a new academic enhancement 
plan. Now, after the formation of QEP under 
former NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, 
director of the program Dr. John Dollar is 
beginning to implement the five-year plan. 

During the next five years. Dollar and the 
QEP committee will enhance five to six NSU 
programs a year to incorporate “experiential 
learning.” 

“It can be a research paper along the 
lines of a thesis, or it can be a performance 
or a collaborative project, or it could be an 
internship,” Dollar said. In a senior’s final 
semester, this experiential learning project 
will count as four to six academic credit 
hours. 

“[QEP] validates your curriculum,” 
Dollar said. “You ask, is my curriculum good 
enough for me to get a job? The answer, 
through experiential learning, is yes.” 

As Department Head of Health and 
Human Performance, Dollar encourages his 
seniors to get internships before graduating. 
He has placed over 1500 students into 
internships and said that many can turn into 
jobs after graduation. 

He calls the opportunity of having an 
internship, a “golden egg.” 

“You take [your egg] out there to an 
internship and sit on it and make it work 
and, all of a sudden, it’s going to hatch,” 
Dollar said. “You’ve got a career and all of 
these benefits that will put you on track to a 
successful life.” 

Although Dollar is an adamant supporter 
of internships, he said that he recognizes 
not all programs can benefit from them. For 
example, he said, good pianists and good 
singers do not always fit into internships; 
that’s why the other two options are available. 

For each program, the department 
chooses only one of the three types of 
experiential learning projects based on 
what they expect their students to do after 
graduation. 

“If we could share more good things, 
our lives would be a lot better,” Dollar said. 
“It’s not about keeping things; it’s about 
sharing... Three groups win under QEP; the 
agency, the university and the student.” 

For the entire strategic plan, visit www. 
nsula.edu/learningforlife/ ' 


New additions to Academic Success Center 



New furniture and flat screen TVs were a few of the items purchased for Academic Success 
Center renovations. Photo by Steven Sheerin 


STEVEN SHEERIN 

Photographer 

T he renovations for the Academic 
Success Center cost over $ 1 00,000, 
and one of the new additions 
includes flat screen TVs located in the 
soundproof study rooms with converters for 
students’ laptops. 

The upgrade is nearly complete 
and will give students a space to study 
with classmates as well as provide the 
technological resources needed for students 
to receive tutoring and academic advising. 

“This is not the quiet room; students can 
talk in here,” ASC Director Ashley Briggs 
said. “We are here to make you successful 
and want you to have those foundations to 
better yourself.” 

There are five part-time graduate 
assistants, 1 1 tutors and a supplemental 
instructor available to help students in 
several subject areas. ASC Supplemental 
Instructor Zoe Barnett tutors students in 
math, APA writing and test preparation. 

“Most of my students are working from 
My Math Lab [an online math program], 
so availability of technology has been a 
problem in the past,” Barnett said. “I had 
to take my students to the general lab in the 
library, which was very awkward.” 

The renovations will be completed 
in two phases. Phase one focused on the 
completion of the Success Center, which 


was under construction from August 
to December. The ASC received help 
from Information Technology Systems 
to fund the technological advances and 
an endowment from Sen. Gerald Long to 
renovate the space. 

The second phase, which is not yet 
complete, will focus on Academic Advising 
Services, a program that advises students 
with pre-medical, nursing and general 
studies majors. 

Although ASC is located inside the 
library, Briggs said that the space is not 
technically a part of the library, as it 
operates separately. 

“We do tutoring, but we do more than 
that,” she said. “We will present student 
success workshops starting off in February, 
and there will be topics in time management, 
study skills, how to find your passion and 
other topics that students are wanting.” 

Briggs sent out surveys last semester 
asking students for their feedback about 
which particular workshops ASC should 
offer and which times and locations students 
prefer. Using the survey results, NSU Intern 
Lamario Fortson and Graduate Assistant 
Essie Hullaby will oversee the workshops as 
a part of their thesis research. 

The Academic Success Center is located 
on the first floor of Watson Library and 
open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 
p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, 4 
p.m. - 9 p.m. 



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- Nothing Found 

Complaint of Marijuana - UP2 ( 1 840hrs) 

- Ongoing 

2/1 

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- Officer Controlled 

Vehicle Keyed - Student Union 

- Ongoing 

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- Gone Upon Arrival 

2/2 

Hit & Run -UP 1 

- NPD Controlled 
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- Ongoing 
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2/5 

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arts & Living 


e 


opinion 


The lost and found: 
a secret gold mine 

MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

We all have those dreadful moments 
when it dawns on us-we have lost 
something important. There’s a split 
second of panic before we curse our 
past-selves for being so careless and 
distracted. 

We check every crevice of our being 
twice (because surely it will magically 
appear the second time). After hours of 
fretting, we realize we’re out of options, 
and our efforts are futile; we have no 
other choice. We must search the 
depths of the lost and found. 

At NSU, we have multiple locations 
for lost items. For your pleasure. I’ve 
compiled a list of the most interesting 
finds: 

Room 214 of the Student 
Union 

At hr st glance, I thought I saw just 
standard lost and found items. You 
know, like notebooks, a calculator, 
various writing utensils, etc. After a 
closer look, I found some priceless 
gems, the most noteworthy of which 
include: 

- a french fry (just one) 

- a clear plastic lid (I have no idea how 
the owner has survived this long without 
it) 

- a whole deck of student ID cards 
-pants (??????????) 

- someone’s entire set of keys 

- a purse that has allegedly been around 
since before last semester 

CAPA 

Everyone knows that CAPA students 
are a hot mess. If something goes 
missing in that building, it can end up 
in a professor’s office, in a giant bin in 
the middle of the hallway or become lost 
forever in the abyss. 

A few highlights include: 

- a dance belt (which is essentially a bra 
for your dong) 

- multiple different-sized tap/jazz shoes 

- an old band uniform with an alligator 
on the back 

- a plethora of socks 

- a laser pointer 

- my will to live 

Police Station 

They would not even let me look in 
their lost and found. I have concluded 
that this is most likely because they 
are hiding something dark, something 
bigger than all of us. I’m not saying it’s 
an official conspiracy theory, but I’m 
not not saying that either. . . 


Early bird gets the workout 



Participant Rachael Coyne started boot camp for the first time 
this semester. Photo by Dan Nguyen 


BRITTANY DAVIS 

Contributing Reporter 

A mong the many services offered 
by the Wellness, Recreation & 
Activity Center (WRAC) are 
intense workout boot camps. People of all 
ages, sizes and physical capability are drawn 
to these 5:30 a.m. workouts that feature 
a slew of different types of exercises like 
aerobic exercise and weight lifting. 

What motivates regular people to rise at 
dawn for a workout? 

Olga Bazhanova, Assistant Director 
for Wellness, Recreation and Fitness 
Assessment, said that the early morning 
schedule is the reason people come. 

“What I’ve found from talking to people 
is the time,” Bazhanova said. “Not many 
people have time during the day, and they’re 
busy [with] jobs, classes, work and different 
activities. They would like to exercise before 
the day starts.” 

The attendance remains steady 
throughout the weeks, and some people 
have been coming for over five years without 
missing any of the boot camps, Bazhanova 
said. For the past few years, two to three 
personal trainers have instructed the camp, 
but as the attendance rises, so does the staff. 

The camp consists of 15 one hour-long 
sessions over the course of five weeks that 
take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and 
Fridays. 

Bazhanova said that the trainers cater to 
the needs of everyone. 

“We work with different ages and body 
weights and female/males,” the trainer 
said. “So this program adjusts to particular 


individuals in the group, so if someone is 
struggling, we have extra things to do so you 
will not be left out.” 

The boot camp costs $35 for students, 
$50 for patrons and $95 for non-members. 


It includes a five-week membership as well. 
As the services offered at 5:30 a.m. are not 
appealing to some students, other programs 
are offered by the WRAC for free that are 
equally as stimulating. 


Black History Month play aims to remember 


MEG DENNY 

Managing Editor 

Helping Hands strives to cultivate a 
sense of community among NSU students. 
With their annual Black History Month 
play, they hope to remind students that the 
voices of the black community are powerful, 
despite the current political climate in the 
U.S. 

The RSO’s play is titled “The Evolution 
of African American Culture” and will 
seek to inspire audience members through 
stories of the Civil Rights Movement. The 
author of the play, George Spivey, said his 
piece will serve as a reminder of how far the 
community has already come. 

“Our goal is to inform everyone that 
we’re still in control; we still have the power 
to overcome obstacles,” Spivey said, citing 
the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. as an 


example of what black people have already 
achieved in America. 

“We’re still looking for a way to 
incorporate more of the election outcome 
and the protests,” Helping Hands President 
Joy Trahan said. “We’re trying to open eyes- 
to make college students aware of what’s 
going on around them.” 

Trahan said that Helping Hands advocates 
for the education of voters. Voting, even in 
local elections, is an effective way to amplify 
one’s voice, the business administration 
major said. 

The play is on Feb. 23 in Magale Recital 
Hall. The central message will be shown 
through music, monologues, dances and 
poetry. The Brainy Acts Poetry Society 
will perform poetry and songs during 
intermission. 

Helping Hands annually writes and 
performs plays in February, but they are an 


active service organization year-round. 

They volunteer both at NSU and with the 
larger Natchitoches community. Currently, 
they work with the food pantry, nursing 
homes, The Boys and Girls Club and The 
Wesley. 

“Really, if anybody needs help with 
anything, they can call us,” Trahan said. 
When Louisiana experienced a series of 
floods last year, Trahan said that one of 
their members’ homes caught on fire. 
The organization quickly responded with 
donations and volunteer work. 

Helping Hands is working on a number 
of fundraisers. As a non-profit group, all 
of the money they raise goes back into the 
Natchitoches community. 

“I’m all about service,” Trahan said. 
“When I see someone struggling, whether 
it’s my peer or a stranger, I want to help them. 
I want to spread my passion with others.” 






arts & Living 


5 


The feet Speak* 


I won’t treat you like the rest 

LAJESSICA WATKINS 

Contributing Author 

I won’t treat you like the rest 
I’ll only give you the best 
Your name is written in my chest 
My heart is where it rest. 

I know you going through a trial 
Been tested for quite awhile 
But my goal is to make you smile 
And laugh too that’s my style 
I’ll try to give you the world 
Cause you my baby girl 
And you make my heart swirl 
Turn twist and whirl 

You and me we make a team 
Our presence it’s like we feen 
Like forever it seems 
Like we are a dream 

The eyes to your soul 
Makes me lose control 
My arms I unfold 
To give you me whole. 


I wasn’t expecting you to look at me 

RAYVIN GAUDET 

Contributing Author 

I wasn’t expecting you to look at me 
I wasn’t expecting you to talk to me 
I wasn’t expecting you to befriend me 
But, I was expecting to love you 
What do I know about love? 

I know his name 

I know it sounds like yours 

Granted I don’t know its touch 

But, I know its feel 

And I know it’s real 

Love is to be respected and nurtured 

Love is to be given chance after chance until it is exhausted 

And if it’s love it will never grow tired 

That’s why I wait for you 

Day in and day out 

Through the summer, past autumn to winter 

I wait for my snowflake to fall 

See before I was much too green 

And love was ambiguous 

Then I was red and love wouldn’t hide 

Now I’m read-y 

To catch you if you should happen to fall 


A band that studies 

together, stays together 



Pragma members Chuckie Gallaher (left) and Sheldon Busby hope 
the band develops into a production company. Photo by Valentina Perez 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

Local band Pragma rose to the top of the 
NSU music scene under the name “Kopacetic” 
a few years ago. Since then, their name and 
lineup has changed, but the group said their 
drive and dedication is unwavering. 

The band released “The Interview,” their 
new single, on Jan. 26. It’s a hip-hop song, 
which is different from anything the band has 
previously released. 

“One of my good friends raps, so we 
brought him in for this song,” band member 
Sheldon Busby said. “We normally record 
our parts separately and give vocalists an 
instrumental to write lyrics to, but we wrote 
this entire song together.” 

Pragma currently does not have a singer 
in their lineup, but they bring singers in to 
perform at gigs and to record vocals for tracks. 

Band member Jacob Bryant recently 
graduated from NSU and moved to Arizona for 
graduate school. Despite living hours away. 


Bryant is still a valuable and active member of 
the group. 

“Jacob records his parts and sends them 
into us,” member Chuckie Gallaher said. “It’s 
actually really easy to collaborate with him. 
We have thought about moving out there, 
though.” 

Pragma’s journey started at Parkway High 
School in Bossier City. Busby, Gallaher and 
Bryant attended school together and formed a 
metal band. 

“We started as a metal band in high school, 
and our music evolved into a funkier, more 
upbeat sound,” Busby said. “Now we’re 
leaning toward a calmer, easy listening feel. ” 

As of right now. Pragma plans to release 
lots of new music, delve into blogging and post 
fitness videos. 

“We’re hoping that Pragma Music evolves 
into a production company,” Gallaher said. 
“We might start a recording studio someday, 
and maybe eventually get into designing. We 
like to create, so doing anything artistic would 
be great.” 





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sports 


Basketball fights to the finish 

SHAY POWELL 

Contributing Reporter 

O n Saturday evening. Northwestern 
State almost triumphed after going 
head-to-head with Stephen F. 

Austin. 

The score was 65 to 65 at the end of the 
second half, causing the Demons and the 
Lumberjacks to go into overtime. 

Iziahiah Sweeney led the team with 20 
points and two assists. 

“I would like to have made that last 
shot; that is the first thing I would like to 
change,” Sweeney said. 

In the last second of overtime, matters 
were in Sweeney’s hands. He could either 
once again tie the game and go into double 
overtime or land the three-pointer he 
attempted. 

Devonte Hall, who also played an 
exceptional game, had 17 points on the 
board with nine assists. 

“I had too many turnovers,” Hall said. 
“If I lessen my turnovers to about two, we 
would have more opportunities to score the 
ball. I honestly feel that I lost us the game 
because of turnovers.” 

Head Coach Mike McConathy remained 
positive after the loss. 

“We competed; we just didn’t make 
the plays we needed to make to get the win 
down the stretch,” McConathy said. 

In their next game on Feb. 9, the 
Demons have a chance to redeem their 
loss with a game against the Houston 
Baptist Huskies. 



Iziahiah Sweeney, guard, currently averages 8.1 points per game. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 


Alumna performs in 


halftime show featuring Lady Gaga 



Cypress Independent Winterguard. Photo courtesy of Blue Knights 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

Lady Gaga’s halftime show at the Super 
Bowl was not without an NSU presence; former 
Demon Heat co-captain Blair Pickett was one 
of many air blade spinners performing with 
Cypress Independent Winterguard during the 
superstar’s hit song, “Just Dance.” 

While Lady Gaga transitioned to the piano 
for her performance of “Million Reasons,” air 
blades lit up the dark stadium, illuminating the 
held. 

The 2013 NSU alumna and Tau Beta 
Sigma sister has been a member of Cypress 
Independent since 2015 and said that her 
Super Bowl experience “tops the cake” out of 
all of her performances to date. 

“It was kind of surreal,” Pickett said. “We 
had about 10 rehearsals throughout the 12-day 
process, so it was really fast-paced.” 

The biggest challenge for Pickett was 
spinning in the dark. 

“We just trusted our technique, and it 
ended up being a really great production for 
us,” Pickett said. 

The Houston-based color guard group 
rehearsed an estimated 44 hours for the show 


in less than two weeks. In the three days leading 
up to the show, they rehearsed in NRG Stadium 
with Lady Gaga and met the superstar. Members 
spanning eight seasons of Cypress Independent 
were in the show to form an all-star group, 
according to Winter Guard International. 

Demon Heat Director Estelle Gravois 
Murr said the incorporation of color guard 
into the show was “quite a fitting way to bring 
the music to life,” and commended Cypress 


Independent’s performance. 

“They did a fantastic job,” Murr said. “They 
represented themselves, the state and our 
activity with class.” 

Murr also praised the former co-captain for 
continuing to use her skills after college. 

“[Pickett] has always been a star,” Murr 
said. “I’m proud she took what she learned 
at NSU and continues to hone her craft as a 
performer. I couldn’t be more proud.” 


\ 



Feb. 2-4 
Athletic Scores 


Women’s Basketball 


2/4 WIN vs. SFA 

76-72 

Men’s Basketball 


2/2 LOSS at Central Arkansas 

97-107 

2/4 LOSS vs. SFA 

73-75 

Women’s Tennis 


2/4 LOSS at SMU 

1-6 

Feb. 9-12 


Athletic Schedule 

Women’s Basketball 


2/9 vs. Houston Baptist 

5:30 p.m. 

2/11 at Abilene Christian 

2 p.m. 

Softball 


2/ 1 0 vs. Southern Illinois 

1 1 a.m. 

2/ 1 0 vs. Grambling 

1 p.m. 

2/11 vs. Prairie View A&M 

9 a.m. 

2/1 1 vs. Sam Houston 

1 1 a.m. 

2/12 vs. ULM 

1 p.m. 

Men's Basketball 


2/9 vs. Houston Baptist 

7:30 p.m. 

2/11 at Abilene Christian 

4 p.m. 

Women's Tennis 


2/9 vs. UL Lafayette 12:30 p.m. 

2/11 vs. Southern Miss. 

1 1 a.m. 

2/ 12 vs. LA Tech 

2 p.m. 


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opinions 


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Illustration by Rachael Coyne 

The chaotic second weekend of Trump’s presidency 

JACOB BENNETT 

Contributing Reporter 


R ewind with me, if you will, to a certain 
day in 201 1. I’m sitting in my eighth 
grade social studies class, “listening” 
to my teacher go on her usual rant-of-the-day. 
Sometimes she’d go on about her personal life, 
political views, etc. It was almost never about 
the curriculum. On this day, it was her political 
views. Joy. 

I say “listening” because I was more 
likely dreaming about the Stephen King book 
that I wanted to read, but she must have said 
something that caught my attention because I 
remember a distinct quote. Instead of instilling 
in us her views on Obamacare or warning 
against the dangers of Bill and Hillary Clinton, 
she was raving about something new: 

“The illegals.” 

“They’re coming over here and making a 
mess of everything,” Mrs. Becky yells to a class 
of eighth-graders who couldn’t care less. “We 
need a wall.” 

People have been begging our government 
for immigration reform since long before most 
of us Northwestern State students were born, 
be it through stronger border control or faster 
access to work visas. 


However, the idea for the highly-debated 
border wall can be attributed to President 
Donald Trump (Daily Wire). 

At 13-going-on-14, there really wasn’t 
much need for me to have my own opinion 
on Donald Trump’s big wall idea, and even 
less reason to doubt what Mrs. Becky told 
me. Once I start to do the research for myself, 
however, the doubt begins to settle in. 

Let’s get started. 

Walls similar to what President Trump has 
suggested have been built throughout history, 
and they ultimately tend to fail (All That Is 
Interesting). 

Recently, underground tunnels from 
Mexico to San Diego have been discovered. 
1 3 have been found in the last 1 0 years (BBC) . 
It’s a bit naive to think there couldn’t be more. 

Additionally, it’s estimated that about 
40 percent of undocumented immigrants 
come via aircraft (Politifact). A wall certainly 
won’t stop them from coming here illegally; 
therefore, a wall is not the answer to stopping 
illegal immigration as Trump keeps insisting. 

And if those statistics don’t convince 
you, check this: the wall could cost anywhere 
between 12 to 25 billion dollars (Verdict 
Justia). Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto 
“made it clear” before the election that the 


country has no intention of paying for the wall 
(CNN). 

Of course, that didn’t stop Trump from 
signing an executive order mandating the 
“immediate construction of a physical wall on 
the southern border,” five days after becoming 
president (CNN). To his credit, he’s keeping 
many of his campaign promises-but damn if 
he can’t settle on away to make Mexico pay for 
this thing. 

On March 31, 2016, Trump sent a two- 
page memo to the Washington Post outlining 
how he intends to have the wall paid for. It 
stated that if Mexico didn’t comply with “a 
one-time payment of $5-10 billion,” his 
administration would “cut off a portion of 
the funds sent to Mexico through money 
transfers,” which experts say is vital to their 
economy. 

By October, it seemed he had given up on 
the one-time payment, instead claiming at a j 
campaign rally that “the country of Mexico will 
be reimbursing the United States for the full ( 
cost of such a wall. OK?” (CNN). 

And you know what that means: funding | 
for the wall will come from the pockets of U.S. 
taxpayers. Folks, we are giving up money we 
desperately need on a wall that won’t work. 

Is America great again yet? * 


Party Girl goes to 

The Press Box 

PARTY GIRL 

Anonymous Contributor 

Hey, girl, it’s been awhile since we last 
talked. Did you miss me? 

Of course you did. 

You won’t guess where I went last 
Saturday night. OK, you might, because 
everyone else in the entire city of Natty was 
there too. I joined the drunk herd of 1 8 to 
23-year-olds at a little filth hole we like to 
call The Press Box. 

Sure, there’s less vomit and cigarette 
smoke than The Body, but let’s not kid 
ourselves; we’re basically twerking in a 
mud bath (not that twerking is a refined 
activity anyway). The whole place smelled 
of country boy B.O., Taco Bell farts, the 
sweaty and blistered feet of girls wearing 
Forever 2 1 heels, and the disappointment 
of men who awkwardly stand in corners or 
in small groups on the dance floor, waiting 
to get laid. (Do they expect to attract women 
with the magnetic pull of their erections? I 
find these little delusions of grandeur rather 
amusing, but I digress.) 

While these smells invaded my nasal 
cavities, I had the immense pleasure of 
witnessing college students sacrifice their 
dignity and adult status to interact like 
high schoolers in a shameless parade of 
desperately trying to act cool, which, of 
course, is inherently lame. The faded sheep 
flocked to the dance floor and became one 
entity as they proudly shouted the lyrics of a 
song objectifying women, but they shouted 
with conviction all the same. They flaunted 
their ability to memorize the lyrics to a 
variety of frat boy anthems, but their dancing 
was much more subdued, or in other words, 
nonexistent. You’d think alcohol would 
loosen people up, but the desire to impress 
the opposite sex is strong. 

After awhile of being privy to this 
juvenile, sweaty world, I realized something. 
I suffered through high school so I could 
escape these bozos, but I’ll never be free of 
them. However, in comparison to the people 
who don’t dance because they’re too cool 
for school, or in comparison to the girls 
who are just looking for a guy that isn’t “the 
worst” in a sea of douche bags. I’m the one 
who is free. 

Take your Taco Bell farts elsewhere, 
cause I’m sick of your lame dancing and 
spineless reliance on social norms. This girl 
wants to party, not be your shawty. 


Wo, 





Sunday 


Monday 


Sundays with 
Sunshine 


The Kingdom 
9-10 a.m. 


10-1 1a.m. 


Spectrum 
of Sound 
5-6 p.m. 


L.A. Limelight 
2-3 p.m. 


That’s Debatable 
4-5 p.m. 





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DJ Schedule 


Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

The Zone 

More Music 

The Grab Back 

Pop Around 

8-9 a.m. 

10-11 a.m. 

9-10 a.m. 

the Globe 




9-10 a.m. 


News 



Hardrock Takeover 

12:30-1 p.m. 

Triple G 


12:30-1:30 p.m. 


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

The Sabertooth 


Ultimate X 


12:30-1:30 p.m. 


1-2 p.m. 





The Get Down 


The Get Lit Show 

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Live in the 

2-3 p.m. 


2-3 p.m. 

Dawg House 




5:30-6:30 p.m. 


Alternative Hour 



The French Hour 

2-3 p.m. 

Hollywood Milestones 


4-5 p.m. 


4-5 p.m. 

Nova Nights 




8-9 p.m. 





The Evening Seasons 

Chillin with the 

The Blue Note 

Cloven Horn 

5:30-6:30 p.m. 

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BRITTANY DAVIS 

Contributing Reporter 

A 20 1 6 NSU alumnus co-authored a paper 
published in the international peer-reviewed 
Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 
about his research to discover drugs that could 
possibly stop the spread of HIV within infected 
individuals. 

The Scholars’ graduate, Blake Schouest, 
worked on the paper under the mentorship of 
Scholars’ chemistry professor. Dr. Massimo D. 
Bezoari, who also co-authored the paper. The 
title is “Investigation of Stilbenes as Potential 
Inhibitors of Human Immunodeficiency Virus 
by Computational Docking.” 

Schouest’s research was an extension of 
his senior thesis project that is part of the core 
curriculum in the Scholars’ College. He and 
Bezoari used computer simulations in drug 
discovery in order to study how to stop the 
spread of HIV. 

“Stilbene is a class of compound which has 
been postulated to slow the spread of HIV, 
so we used computer algorithms to identify 
more effective inhibitors,” Schouest said. 
“We identified several compounds that could 
prove to be more effective drugs than current 
therapeutic candidates.” 

He became interested in the study of HIV in 
the summer of 20 1 5 when he did an internship 
at Tulane School of Medicine where he worked 
on an HIV project. 

Schouest said he decided to attend NSU 
after receiving a scholarship to the Scholars’ 
College. At the time, he had no idea that it 
“would heavily influence how he viewed the 
world and civilization in general.” 


NSU proved to leave another positive 
impression on him through Dr. Bezoari. 

“Dr. Bezoari was an extremely supportive 
mentor throughout the whole process of 
research and also writing of the manuscript,” 
Schouest said. “He pushed me to accomplish 
more than I ever imagined was possible as an 
undergrad. I know he does the same with other 
students, and this is what makes him such a 
great professor and friend.” 

Among those that are proud of Schouest for 
his accomplishments is sophomore Tori Mato. 
She attended high school with Schouest and 
graduated with his sister in 2015. 

“He was very nice to everyone and a great 
representation of [our] Parish,” Mato said. 
“Any time you asked anyone about Blake, they 
had nothing but nice things to say about him. ” 

Schouest was born and raised in Des 
Allemands, Louisiana, by parents Brent and 
Rebecca Schouest. Des Allemands is known for 
its catfish, and Schouest grew up fishing with 
his dad, one of his favorite pastimes. 

“I was always so interested in how catfish 
could stay alive so long,” Schouest said. “I think 
this is where my real fascination with biology 
came from.” 

While at NSU, he was also a member of the 
rowing team for two years and was a student- 
athlete tutor for three years. He graduated 
in May 2016 at the top of his class with a 4.0 
GPA and two degrees, one a Bachelor of Arts 
in liberal arts with a concentration in scientific 
inquiry and a minor in microbiology, and the 
other a Bachelor of Science in biology with a 
concentration in biomedical sciences. He is 
now a Ph.D student in biomedical sciences at 
Tulane School of Medicine. 


olice Blotter 


Feb. 6 

Complaint of Loud Noise - 
UP1 

Subject Disturbed 
Complaint of Nerf Guns - 
University Columns 
Gone On Arrival 

Feb. 7 

Complaint of Dog Bite - 
Bienvenu Hall 

Report Made 

Complaint of Marijuana Smell 
from Dorms - UP1 
No Marijuana Found 

Feb. 8 

Complaint of Intercourse - 
WRAC 
Ongoing 

Vehicle Hit by Gate - 
University Columns 
Report Made 

Feb. 9 

Theft of Phone- UP 1 
Ongoing 

Feb. 10 

Complaint of Breaking Bottles 
- Natatorium 
Situation Controlled 







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- Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe will 
speak on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in 
Magale Recital Flail at 7 p.m. 

The Presidential Search 
Committee will hold a meeting on 
Feb. 23 in Baton Rouge. 

- SGA Resolution 2017.01 was 
approved; the resolution affirms 
SGA’s support of Dr. Maggio as 
Acting President. 

- Treasurer Aly Jacobs stated that 
the SGA budget will be uploaded to 
OrgSync under a separate Treasury 
tab instead of under financial 
documents. 

- Senator Nick Bailey said students 
can text “DAILY” to 228466 to 
receive information from Daily 
Action Mobile on how to contact 
local officials like representatives 
and senators. Students can also 
download apps that provide updates 
on Congress such as the passing of 
bills. 

President John Pearce recently 
traveled to Washington, D. C, 
to discuss education. The SGA 
President reported on several issues: 

- Government officials have “every 
intention” to privatize FAFSA and 
transfer the power from the federal 
level to the state level. 

- Pearce met with Senators Kennedy 
and Cassidy, Congressmen Graves, 
Abraham, Scalise and Johnson, 
the representative for the district 
that Natchitoches is in. “Basically, 
the representatives weren’t very 
helpful,” Pearce said. 

- Pearce will travel to Baton 
Rouge on Feb. 14 to meet with 
Gov. Edwards to discuss higher 


SGA Meeting 

Feb. 13 

Covered by Jordan Reich 


Ugandan activist to lecture at NSU 



Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (left) meets Pope Francis and gives him 
an Italian version of her biography. Photo courtesy of Sewing Hope Foundation 


education in the state of Louisiana, 
specifically to discuss Act 619 and 
the proposition within to reduce 
TOPS. 

Director of Athletics Greg 
Burke spoke about the athletics 
department and later opened the 
floor for questions. He discussed the 
following: 

- In the last three years, almost 
every sport has won at least 
one Southland Conference 
championship title. This excludes 
football and baseball. 

- The cumulative GPA of all student 
athletes has risen to a 3. 13 and the 
graduation rate is over 70 percent, 
a number that Burke said is “very 
competitive for our level of Division 
I.” 

- Men’s basketball player Sabri 
Thompson was one of five Division 
I players in the nation to be named 
to the Allstate NABC Good 
Works Team, an honor based on 
community leadership and service. 

- “I think there’s a little bit of a 
false perception that athletics has 
all the money,” Burke said. The 
department receives funding from 
the student fee and the self-assesed 
fee, but they are responsible for 
generating the rest of the funding. 
This money can come from ticket 
sales and private donors. 

- After opening up the floor, 
senators questioned Burke on the 
football team and their record, 
recruiting and the Feb. 1 National 
Signing Day, advertising for 
sporting events other than football 
and on athletes that display loyalty 
and dedication yet are benched 
because of transfer athletes. 


JACOB BENNETT 

Contributing Reporter 

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe will speak at 
NSU on Feb. 15 in Magale Recital Hall at 7 
p.m. , sponsored by SGA. Included in Time’s 
Most 100 Influential People in 2014, she is 
recognized for her work with the Sewing 
Hope Foundation in Uganda providing 
shelter for women and children in need. 

The 2007 CNN Heroes finalist has made 
it her mission to help women and children 
oppressed by guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. 
The Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Kony, 
has been in action since 1987 and currently 
operates in northern Uganda, South Sudan, 
the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 
the Central African Republic. 

Nyirumbe currently directs the Saint 
Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre where she 
has taken in more than 2,000 girls abducted 
by Kony since 2002. She helps them 
transform into capable members of society 
by providing shelter and education. 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Reporter 

T he Body, a popular college bar 
located on the Hwy 1 Bypass, 
closed in January and owners said 
it will not be reopening. 

The Antoon family owned the college 
bar, and they still own abar next door called 
Antoon’s. The Body has been a family 
business since Johnny Antoon began it 
in the 1980s. His daughter, Danielle 
Antoon, said her dad was diagnosed with 
Multiple Myeloma cancer in 2010. While 
he was still alive, he was still able to run 
the business. 

Johnny Antoon had a very good 
lifestyle compared to other people who 
battle cancer, Danielle said, and he was 
still able to go to work through his illness. 
He became sick in November of 20 1 6, and 
passed away the day before Thanksgiving 
of the same year. 

“It was his wish to keep Antoon’s open 
since that was the very first business he 


“I was thinking about how to give a voice 
to the voiceless, how to give these young 
women dignity and let them be accepted,” 
Nyirumbe said. 

In 2013, Academy Award-winning actor 
Forest Whitaker narrated “Sewing Hope,” 
a documentary about Nyirumbe’ s work. 
Describing his meeting with her, Whitaker 
said Nyirumbe’ s “magnetic and contagious 
energy” is fascinating. 

“The traumas she heals are 
unfathomable,” Whitaker wrote for Time 
magazine in 2014. “But the reach of her 
love is boundless.” 

She wants students to understand that 
the effort to mend broken lives is something 
we can all take part in, and that even though 
there are difficulties, the future is still 
hopeful. 

“Changing lives can be challenging,” 
Nyirumbe said. “You got to take it one at 
a time. You can’t change everyone’s life. If 
you are scared of failing, you need to tell 
yourself T at least need to try.’” 


started in 1975,” Danielle said. “We hate 
to see [The Body] close, but unfortunately, 
that’s what we have to do.” 

After his passing, the family had to 
make decisions about the two bars. 

Antoon’s will remain open, per her 
fathers’ wishes, Danielle said. But as 
far as The Body goes, they will not be 
reopening it. 

“My mom is 60 years old; she obviously 
doesn’t want to run a bar for the rest of 
her life,” Danielle said. “I have a full-time 
job with the American Cancer Society, and 
my brother is a lawyer in Lake Charles. 
Neither one of us had the time to run the 
bar with our full-time jobs.” 

Junior Dorianna Telsee said she liked 
going to The Body her first two years of 
college, and she was upset to hear that it 
would not be reopening. 

“I never had the chance to go, but a 
lot of my upperclassman friends said they 
loved it,” freshman Morgan Williams 
said. “I wish I could have gone before it 
closed.” 


The Body closes its doors for good 




arts & Living 


Ihe Toet 

SpeakA 


Not the one 

ACQUIRIA MITCHELL 

Contributing Author 

Surrounded by hundreds 

Yet the only thing you see is what 

made you the way you are 

All you see is him, the things he did 

All you hear, the lies that spilled from 

his mouth 

Then everything stops. Silence arises. 
He appears 

He starts running towards you with 
open arms 

You think everything is how it should 
be... 

Then he runs past you 

You start to look around, but you see 

nothing but darkness 

You drop to your knees, realizing. . . 

Even with no one around, you still 

aren’t the one that he wants 

Even with NO other options he still 

won’t choose you 

My friends would tell me that he’s 
stupid and he doesn’t realize what he’s 
lost 

But maybe, just maybe, he realized 
what he found and knew he didn’t want 
to keep it 

He took everything he wanted 
And me? 

He left me with what I needed 
Needing... him 
I needed his lies 

I needed those long nights waiting on 
him to text back 
I needed... 

That feeling... 

No, not sexual healing 

But that feeling of feeling full 

Full... 

Of feeling 

Feeling feelings of feeling full, ya 
know? 


KNWD has something for everyone 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

The staff of KNWD has been creating 
special playlists for a while, but the idea 
really took off this year. NSU’s diverse 
student population calls for keeping many 
genres on rotation and providing audiences 
with a wide variety of listening options. 

In the past, playlists were created for 
holidays and certain months, like the 
“Rocktober” lineup for the month of 
October; however. Internal Music Director 
Trena Camp and External Music Director 
Ka’ihe Fisher have expanded the idea to 


include birthdays and artist groups. 

“We’re trying to be uber-inclusive this 
year,” Fisher said. “Radio isn’t genre- 
specific, and it should include music that 
everyone can enjoy.” 

On Fridays throughout the month of 
February, the station will broadcast their 
Black History Month playlists. 

“We focus on a different genre each 
week and play songs from influential black 
artists,” Camp said. 

General Manager Courtney Page thinks 
the Music Committee has “set a really 
huge goal for themselves” in creating five 
playlists a month for their station’s Spotify 


and for playing on-air. 

Valentine’s Day has its own playlist, 
followed by a breakup playlist for the days 
after. The staff is also working on playlists 
for both Rihanna and George Harrison’s 
upcoming birthdays. Past birthday playlists 
have included Drake, Miley Cyrus, Britney 
Spears and Jay-Z. 

KNWD will send links to OrgSync 
surveys through Student Messenger asking 
students what they would like to hear the 
station play. Students wanting to provide 
even more input are invited to join the 
public KNWD Music Committee group on 
Facebook. 


Science showcase recruits high school students 



Microscopes are available to students in Bienvenu Hall. 

Photo by Valentina Perez 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

At NSU’s School of Biological and 
Physical Sciences, most students spend an 
average of 3-5 hours studying every week 
per class. Since most students take more 
than 12 credit hours per semester, their 
weekly workload requires dedication and 
focus. 

NSU students will show the results of 
their hard work in the Science Showcase 
on Friday, Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 
p.m., and the event will give high school 
students the opportunity to see what it’s 
like to be a science major at NSU. 

The showcase will start in the Friedman 
Student Union, with welcome messages 
from Acting President Chris Maggio, 
Creative and Performing Arts Director 


Greg Handel, and Biological and Physical 
Sciences Director Francene Femoine and 
will include a student-led Q&A panel. 

Interested students will have an 
opportunity to view demonstrations, 
participate in hands-on experiments with 
faculty and closely observe the research 
projects of NSU science students. 

The showcase will provide insight 
into the areas of biomedical science 
and microbiology, natural science and 
ecology, veterinary science, chemistry and 
physics. Additionally, it is an opportunity 
to recruit prospective NSU freshmen. 
Colby Fasyone, an instructor in biological 
sciences, hopes for a nice turnout. 

“It is our hope that students will leave 
with an interest in and greater appreciation 
for the sciences at Northwestern State,” 
Fasyone said. 


Over the past year, NSU’s faculty for 
the School of Biological and Physical 
Sciences has been working to provide 
crucial resources to their students. 
Between finding grants, setting up lab 
spaces that haven’t been used in years 
and teaching students how to use brand 
new equipment. Assistant Professor 
Christopher Fyles has his work cut out 
for him. 

“[At other schools], most 
undergraduate science majors don’t get 
to spend hands-on time learning to use 
the equipment,” Fyles said. “At NSU, the 
goal is to make sure our students are able 
to learn and become comfortable using 
these machines.” 

The department hopes to continue 
getting grant money, despite recent 
state budget cuts. It can cost upwards of 
$300,000 to purchase just a few of the 
many new machines in the labs. 

“We have to find the money where we 
can; the budget cuts are not an excuse,” 
Fyles said. 

Students who attend the showcase 
will see research posters created by NSU 
science majors, giving NSU students 
the opportunity to introduce their 
research and prepare for professional 
development. The posters are constantly 
updated as research continues to ready 
them for eventual publication. This 
falls under the JOVE Scholarship, an 
opportunity for 40 students to receive 
$500 per semester to conduct research 
with faculty members and learn the 
interview process to prepare them for 
their future careers. 

The showcase is free for high school 
students, but NSU students are invited 
to Bienvenu Hall between 11:15 a.m. to 
11:50 a.m. to observe the research being 
conducted. 






arts & Living 



Luke Matherne (left) plays the role of Dan Goodman and Jessi Miller (right) plays the role of his 
wife, Diana. The musical also stars Michael Carrier and Marissa McMickens. Photos by Alec Horton 


‘Next to Normal’ helps normalize mental illness 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

C APA is bringing mental illness into 
the light with their production of 
Next to Normal. The Tony Award- 
winning musical follows a mother with 
worsening bipolar disorder and the effects 
it has both on her and her family. 

Musical theatre acting and directing 
major Thomas Hadzeriga plays the part 


of Henry. While he said he is detached 
during the rehearsal process to focus on 
learning his lines, he lives for the stage. 

“When I am on stage, I am living in the 
moment with my fellow actors,” Hadzeriga 
said. “I’m looking forward to sharing this 
story with everyone and am thrilled to be 
standing by such wonderfully talented 
people.” 

He wants those attending to 
understand the meaning of caring for 
their loved ones. 


“Never search for something to fix 
about a person you love,” Hadzeriga said. 
“Accept their faults and work to love them 
and cherish them.” 

Since the production is located in 
Theatre West, the seating allows for a 
more intimate setting. This setting will 
make the subject matter more personal for 
the audience. 

Gabrielle D ’Antoni, a junior liberal 
arts and education joint major, thinks 
the musical is appropriate for the college 
atmosphere. 

“I love that they are showcasing the 
hardships of mental illness,” D’Antoni 
said. “I think a lot of students struggle in 
silence with it themselves, so seeing it on 
stage might normalize it for them.” 

Alexis Balbuena, a freshman Scholars’ 
student on the pre-med track, has only 
heard of the show through friends but is 
excited to see it live. 

“I’m looking forward to how all the 
characters are portrayed and the music,” 
Balbuena said. “I’ve never seen this 
musical, so I have high hopes.” 

The musical runs Feb. 15-19 and Feb. 
21-24 in Theatre West. It will start at 
7:30 p.m. every show except for a Feb. 
19 matinee at 2 p.m. NSU, BPCC @ 
NSU and LSMSA students do not have 
to pay for admission, but they must make 
reservations at 318-357-4483. 


Scholarship program 

helps students complete 

research 

TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

Students in STEM fields at NSU 
can complete undergraduate research 
through the JOVE program, a special 
scholarship opportunity only available 
at NSU. 

The JOVE program, directed by 
Christopher Lyles, was initially a joint 
venture between NSU and NASA but 
has evolved to allow students to work 
within any STEM field. 

“Every project is different, but 90 
percent of the students currently in the 
program are doing research in biology 
or chemistry,” Lyles said. 

Biology major Rebekah Taylor 
is currently using the zebrafish as a 
genetic model for human systems. 

“Zebrafish systems, like their 
nervous and cardiovascular systems, 
closely mimic ours,” Taylor said. “They 
have similar reactions to things like 
medication and stress.” 

Taylor focuses on how the zebrafish’ s 
genes and gene mutations affect the 
regeneration rates of their tails. 

“We catalog the regeneration rates 
by humanely removing the dorsal 
tail surgically and measuring the 
regeneration of the tale over a period of 
two weeks,” Taylor said. “Recently, we 
have been able to sequence DNA from 
the cut portion of the tail to look at the 
fish’s genes.” 

Christina Arrechavala, a scientific 
inquiry and biology major in the 
Louisiana Scholars’ College, is 
currently studying the molecular 
docking of antibiotics. 

“I’m using a computer program 
to dock the structures of antibiotics 
to bacteria in the body and applying 
them to other bacteria that they are 
not effectively working against,” 
Arrechavala said. “I will move on to 
developing and manipulating antibiotics 
i in real life if this part is successful.” 

Arrechavala has been working on 
this project for about one and a half 
| years and plans to incorporate her 
j findings into her undergraduate thesis. 

I “Students who participate in JOVE 
really love what they’re doing,” Lyles 
said. “You have to love it to dedicate 
( hours to this work every week on top 
of your regular class load. I’m proud of 
the way every single JOVE student has 
responded to me asking them to raise 
the bar.” 





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Demons fall behind in second half 



Freshman Guard Josh Boyd returned to the court Feb. 9 after an appendectomy. 


Photo by Gary Hardamon 


SHAY POWELL 

Contributing Reporter 

N orthwestern State’s mens 
basketball team faced another 
week of hardship with a loss 
against Houston Baptist on Feb. 9. 



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The Huskies and the Demons were 
shot-for-shot in the first quarter but fell 
behind by 20 points during the second 
quarter. 

After an apparently effective halftime 
talk, the Demons came out with an 
enthusiastic attitude, making a comeback 
from being down 20 points to only being 
down by 10. 

The score was 62-72 with four 
minutes left in the final quarter, but the 
Demons still fell to the Huskies, 69-86. 

Josh Boyd made his debut after being 
out for four games due to an emergency 
appendectomy on Jan. 25. Boyd played 
a total of 17 minutes, scoring six points 
for the Demons. 

Sabri Thompson was the leading 
scorer in the game against Houston 
Baptist, putting 24 points on the board. 

“It’s just frustratingbecause we always 
wait to the last minute to play hard, but I 
just wanted to win,” Thompson said. 


Iziahiah Sweeney scored the second 
highest amount after Thompson, racking 
up 13 points. 

“I would change me getting more 
rebounds; I feel that I wasn’t attacking the 
glass aggressive enough,” Sweeney said 
about his own performance. 

Coach McConathy remained optimistic 
and confident about his team’s performance 
even though they lost. 

In a post-game interview with KTBS, 
McConathy said, “I was pleased with our 
effort. I thought Bailey Walker really did a 
great job defensively.” 

He also made comments about the 
quality performances from Josh Boyd, 
Devonte Hall, Sabri Thompson, Iziahiah 
Sweeney and Ishmael Lane. 

Northwestern State fell short at Abilene 
Christian University on Feb. 11, losing 
72-76, but have the opportunity to redeem 
themselves against Southeastern on Feb. 
16. 


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Feb. 9-12 
Athletic Scores 

Women’s Basketball 

2/9 WIN vs. Houston Baptist 75-54 
2/1 1 LOSS at Abilene Christian 57-79 

Men’s Basketball 

2/ 9 LOSS vs. Houston Baptist 69-86 
2/ 1 1 LOSS at Abilene Christian 72-76 


Softball 

2/10 LOSS vs. Southern 111. 1-4 

2/ 1 0 WIN vs. Grambling 1 3- 1 

2/11 WIN vs. Prairie View A&M 8-7 
2/11 WIN vs. Sam Houston 2-0 

2/12 LOSS vs. ULM 5-8 

Women’s Tennis 

2/9 WIN vs. UL Lafayette 4-0 

2/11 WIN vs. Southern Miss. 5-2 

2/ 12 WIN vs. LA Tech 4-3 


Feb. 16-19 
Athletic Schedule 


Women’s Basketball 


2/ 1 6 vs. Southeastern 

5:15 p.m. 

2/ 1 8 vs. Abilene Christian 

1 p.m. 

Men’s Basketball 

2/16 vs. Southeastern 

8 p.m. 

2/18 atNicholls 

7 p.m. 

Softball 

2/1 7 vs. Maryland 

Gainsville, FL 

12:15 p.m. 

2/ 1 7 at Florida 

5 p.m. 

2/18 at Florida 

1 1 a.m. 

2/1 7 vs. Florida International 
Gainsville, FL 

5:45 p.m. 

2/1 7 vs. Florida A&M 
Gainsville, FL 

8 a.m. 

Baseball 

2/ 1 7 vs. Cincinnati 

6:30 p.m. 

2/18 vs. Cincinnati 

3:30 p.m. 

2/ 1 9 vs. Cincinnati 

1 1 a.m. 

Women’s Tennis 

2/ 1 8 at T exas State 

1 1 a.m. 

2/19 atUTSA 

1 1 a.m. 


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Be sad, not embarrassing 

Best and worst places to cry on campus 



Meg Denny cries over her failures in the Kyser bathroom. The 
acoustics of the tile make her sobs resonate beautifully. 

Photo by Eryn Percle 


MEG DENNY 

Contributing Reporter 

L isten up, kids. This emotional ball 
of woman has traveled across this 
hill-filled campus a thousandfold. I 
have witnessed a variety of people crying in 
and outside of these walls: freshmen, iconic 
faculty members, Vic the Demon, party girls, 
gamers, CAPA kids. Baptists, SGA Senators, 
etc. 

Here’s some advice for all of my potential 
criers left out there... your designated crying 
area on campus can make or break your 
cathartic tears, so choose wisely. 

The WORST places to cry: 

Anywhere in Morrison Hall 
Yes, Scholars’ students and faculty 
have taken care of each other through 
times of stress, but I’ve only had two kinds 
of experiences during my crying days in 
Morrison. Either an entire building’s worth 
of people suddenly care about your personal 
life, or you’re labeled “that tragic kid” 
forever. 

Student Services Building 
Ever get a chill walking into this building? 
Me too. It seems like the people on the first 
floor are programmed to smile forever, the 
people on the second floor constantly shake 
their heads at you and the third floor. . .Well, 
it’s a combination of both. 

Parking Lots 

No matter where I park on campus, 
people are always trying to look into 
my windows. Police officers circle cars 


suspiciously, dudes with really tall and loud 
trucks zoom into nearby spaces, or people 
are yelling and laughing at each other. None 
of this brings me the peace I need to cry. 

Campus Bookstore 

Don’t give in to the capitalists. They want 
to see you break. 

The BEST places to cry: 

Library Stacks 

If you’re looking for some real privacy, 
crying in the stacks on a Saturday is the best 
solution. The aroma of outdated nonfiction 
can really bring the tears you’re looking for. 
Once I saw a book about “the homosexual 
lifestyle” written in the fifties. That did me in. 

WRAC Locker Room Showers 

Either you just came from a harsh 
workout, or you’re showering to 
procrastinate your attempts to exercise. 
Either way, cry your little heart out. If 
people hear you, they’ll understand. It’s the 
shower — God’s gift to all of the sad sacks out 
there. 

Natatorium 

Hearing the echoes of your sobs in an 
abandoned brick building can be a healing 
experience (not to mention the fact that 
you’ve managed to sneak into one of the most 
legend-filled buildings on campus). Savor it. 

Kyser Bathrooms 

If you’re looking for inspiration or just 
another reason to wallow in your sadness, 
look no further than these bathrooms. Each 
stall is filled with offensive, sad writings 
on the blue walls, along with encouraging 
statements and enough Bible quotes to pick 
yourself up and get the hell out of there. 



Students frustrated with higher education budget cuts held a rally 
in Baton Rouge last year to protest more cuts. Photo by Ashley Wolf 


State House Republicans don’t care about us 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

“Happy Valentine’s day!” the Louisiana 
Legislature said. “We care more about filling 
prisons than filling universities ! ” 

The Legislature is currently in a special 
session (from Feb. 13-22) to make a decision 
about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to use $ 1 1 9 
million from the state’s reserves, or the “rainy 
day fund.” The task at hand is for legislators 
to mend a $304 billion budget shortfall, and 
Edwards’ rainy day proposal would prevent 
further cuts from higher education to keep it 
afloat. 

Many House Republicans aren’t supporters 
of the plan because it favors a short-term 
solution, and some legislators criticized 
Edwards for trying to put another Band-Aid on 
the budget crisis. However, Edwards’ opposers 
want further cuts for a long-term solution, and 
that means further cuts to higher education. 
Instead of $119 million. Legislators Henry 
and Harris proposed only $50 million from the 
rainy day fun, according to The Advocate. In 
their plan, the state would pay for the difference 
with cutting higher education by $ 12 million, 
K-12 schools by $6 million, incarceration 
facilities by $9 million and health programs by 
$44 million. 

This is the kind of news that makes me want 
to smash my head into a pillow and scream for 
45 minutes. Cuts to prisons remain minimal 
in comparison to the cuts to health and higher 


education simply because Louisiana is the 
incarceration capital of THE WORLD. 

According to the U.S. Department of 
Justice, Louisiana takes first place in the 
U.S. for incarceration rates, with 38,030 
in prison, a rate of 816 per 100,000. This 
is 100 points ahead of the second ranking 
state, Oklahoma. The U.S. leads the world in 
its incarcerations rates, so congratulations, 
Louisiana; you should feel proud of your 
humanitarian contributions to the world. 

But you know what we don’t win at? 
Higher education. Our state ranks last 
among Southern Regional Education Board 
states, and students at our universities 
receive $3,600 less in total funding support 
on average than students from other 
SREB universities. We also rank 48th in 
educational attainment. On the bright side, 
we aren’t in 50th place. 

Don’t you love living in a state where 
we win at imprisoning people and lose at 
educating young minds? I’m so proud to 
live in a place where my representatives care 
about important problems, for example, the 
fate of my entire future. 

But the main point is this: it doesn’t seem 
to matter how much we tell our legislators 
that we simply cannot cut any more funding 
to higher education. Our Governor can 
advocate for us, and Dr. Henderson can 
advocate us, but it won’t do any good unless 
two thirds of the Legislature votes to prevent 
further cuts. And House Republicans just 
don’t seem to sympathize, do they? 











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Campus police 
remove traffic stops 
from police blotter 

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Orchestra 

page 5 

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page 6 

Opinion: refugee ban 
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page 7 



Fournet Hall will open as soon as it is 
safe for occupancy. Photo by Alec Horton 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

T uesday, Feb. 21, Fournet Hall was 
closed due to a chemical leak found 
inside one of the refrigerators that 
holds chemicals used for labs. 

Dr. Francene Lemoine, director of the 
School of Biological & Physical Sciences and 
associate professor, said the leak was found 
the previous day around 6:30 p.m. There was 
no incident involved with the leak, and no one 
was harmed. 

“We don’t know exactly when it 
happened... the policy initially is to notify 
our environmental safety officer, Tammie 
Pezant,” Lemoine said. 

Pezant and Dr. Marcus Jones, vice 
president for University Affairs, then made 
the call to shut down the building Tuesday 
morning. 

According to the Material Safety Data 
Sheet (MSDS) on the chemical that leaked, 
trimethylsilane is highly flammable and can 
become explosive in combination with air. 

“It was a matter of needing to get the 
proper safety precautions handled to ensure 
that it was cleaned up correctly,” Lemoine 
said. “In addition to being concerned about 
our students and the safety of our faculty and 
staff, we also don’t want somebody coming in 
and dumping this down a drain or anything 
that might endanger other people as well. ” 
While most classes in Fournet were 
reassigned to rooms in Bienvenue Hall, 
where the biological sciences are held, and 


Keyser Hall, some classes that specifically 
required the labs available in Fournet were 
cancelled. One class was relocated to Watson 
Library. 

Glendalyn Boothe, a sophomore pre-med 
student, said her organic chemistry lab with 
Dr. Massimo Bezoari was cancelled. 

“We were supposed to extract caffeine 
from tea leaves, which I was looking forward 
to,” Boothe said. “In the past, we’ve just 
moved on [from cancelled labs] , but it really 
just depends on what Dr. Bezoari wants to 
do.” 

Michael Sesvold, the hazmat coordinator 
for the parish, supervised the Natchitoches 
Fire Department on site to contain and 
properly dispose of the trimethylsilane. 


“[The environmental team was] here 
to standby because of the nature of the 
chemical,” Sesvold said. “While it was 
small in contents, if it happened to have 
caught fire, we wanted to be right here to go 
ahead and put it out so the building wasn’t 
threatened.” 

“A lot of protective action [was taken] to 
make sure we didn’t get anybody hurt or lose 
any property,” Sesvold said. “That’s what 
we did, and everything is smooth.” 

When asked if spills or leaks had ever 
occurred like this before, Lemoine stated 
that, to her knowledge, they had not. She 
also said that the hazmat team has taken care 
of the leak and that Fournet will be back 
open as soon as possible. 



The Natchitoches Fire Department assists in the removal of 
chemicals from Fournet Hall. Photo by Jordan Reich 







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Police remove traffic stops from daily crime log 


Officer K. Joanes works for the campus police station. 


Photo by Sean McGraw 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

R ecently, the NSU Police Department 
stopped including traffic stops in 
the police blotter that The Current 
Sauce runs in each issue. 

The police department decided to 
remove traffic stops from the blotter to get 
information to The Current Sauce in a more 
timely manner, and they believe that this 
new system makes it easier to get important 
information about incidents on campus to 
students more quickly. 

“We changed the way that information 
gets disseminated to the public,” Chief Jon 
Caliste said. “Traffic stops bogged down 
the process, so we removed them from the 
police blotter because they are not required 
under the Clery Act. ” 

The Clery Act is a law that must be 
followed by all universities that receive 
federal funding. This act aims to create 


transparency around crime policies and 
statistics on campuses. 

“Traffic stop reports are not what 
students want to see,” Caliste said. “We 
cut them out because they’re not required, 
which helps us to streamline the process.” 

“Removing traffic stops from the blotter 
helped us to cut down on paperwork,” 
Detective John Greely said. “We figured 
that students would want to see what actually 
takes place on campus.” 

The NSU police department also feels 
that removing traffic stops from the blotter 
allows them to give students a more accurate 
picture of what the department handles 
everyday. 

“Everyone knows that police 
departments do traffic stops,” Caliste said. 
“We wanted to show the public everything 
that this particular department deals with on 
a day-to-day basis. From now on, we will put 
incidents in the blotter that show what this 
department is really doing.” 



olice Blotter 


Feb. 12 

Complaint of broken window 
-Prudhomme Hall 
Reported 

Feb. 14 

Vehicle Burglary-Caddo Hall 
On going 

Hit and Run -Keyser Bricks 
Closed 

Feb. 15 

Complaint of Intercourse - WRAC 
Ongoing 

Complaint of Ex-Boyfriend 
-UP2 

Situation Controlled 

The daily crime log The Current Sauce 
picked up only had entries up to Feb. 
16. We’re not sure of the cause. 



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- SGA President John 
Pearce will travel to Baton 
Rouge this Wednesday for 
the Presidential Search 
meeting. 

- Vice President Tre 
Nelson reported on 
the American Student 
Government Association 
(ASGA) Conference in New 
Orleans this past weekend. 
He said they will likely 
continue going to the New 
Orleans conference instead 
of the Texas A&M ASGA 
Conference due to the 
regional difference. 

- Treasurer Aly Jacobs said 
that the Organizational 
Relief Fund met and 
approved a lot of funding; 
it will be updated online 
soon. 

- A bill is in the works for 
changing the SGA Senate; 
these will be “possible 
changes for the better,” 
Pearce said. 

- Commissioner of Student 
Affairs Antavious Roberson 
led a discussion about 

the Student Concerns 
Facebookpage. One of 
the main concerns was 
with Wi-Fi on campus, 
especially in Columns. 

- One senator commented 
that the Wi-Fi randomly 


Counseling Services offers 

free mental health screening 



Sophomore nursing major Kirsten Freyou reads an issue of 
Psychology Today at the Counseling Center located on the third 
floor Of the Student Union. Photos by Steven Sheerin 


SGA Meeting 

Feb. 20 

Covered by Jordan Reich 


goes out, and this does 
not just affect downtime 
like watching Netflix, but 
schoolwork as well. After 
attempting to speak to 
the Housing department 
to resolve the issue, she 
said, “I feel like when we 
post on the concerns page 
they don’t care or take us 
seriously...” 

- Vice President Tre 
Nelson commented on 
the issues with Housing, 
stating, “It’s not an RA 
issue. It’s more or less 
an administrative issue... 
[and] SGA can look into 

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It. 

- The conversation also 
discussed the outdated 
furniture in Columns 
compared to the furniture 
in University Place I and II. 
“Housing is definitely an 
area we can target,” Nelson 
said. 

- Pearce ended the 
discussion, stating that he 
will email Acting President 
Dr. Chris Maggio about the 
issues with Housing. 

-SAB will hostN-Side 
View on March 4 and their 
Don’t Stress the Test event 
on March 9. 


BRITTANY DAVIS 

Contributing Reporter 

NSU Counseling and Career Services is 
offering a free mental health screening on 
Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Feb. 23, 1 
p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 307 of the student 
union. Those who come in for a session will 
be given a free mental health assessment by 
trained professionals. 

The Counseling and Career Services 
center has qualified counselors on duty 
24/7 and is located in the Student Union 
in Room 305. Below are some services 
offered to NSU students, faculty and staff 
to help with personal, academic or career 
concerns. 


Free mental and career 
counseling: 

* Go to their office or call 318-357- 
5621 between 8a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - 
Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday 
to set up an appointment. 

* To speak to a counselor after office 
hours and on weekends, call University 
Police at 318-357-5431 and a counselor 
will be contacted for you. 

In the event of a crisis: 

* Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE 
(784-2433) 

* National Rape Crisis Hotline 1-800- 
656-4673 

* Veterans’ Crisis Line 1-800-272- 
8255 and press 1 



Lounge space in the Counseling and Career Services center. 






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Students travel home for Mardi Gras 


Dear College, 

AQUIRIA MITCHELL 

Contributing Author 


Dear College, 

Why are you so expensive? 

I came to you needing so much 
Yet all you did was take away from me 

Why do you make me so hungry? 

I eat, and eat, and eat and spend all my 
damn money 

Just to still be hungry at the end of the 
day 

Why do you make me so tired? 

I sleep all day 
I sleep all night 

I even sleep in some of these classes 

ImPAY-INGfor 

Yet, I. Am. Still. Tired 

Why do you test my temper? 

These professors asking for some extra 
assignments when I already have five 
quizzes due the next day 
These slow-ass elevators when I have 
FIVE minutes to get to the FOURTH 
floor 

Or these professors going past their 
50 or 75 minute cut-off and be 
surprised if I just walk out 

Why do you make me realize so much? 
That I lost friends when I got here 
Or I realized that they weren’t my 
friends in the first place 
That really all I got is me. . . 

That nobody is gonna do this shit for 
me.. 

That the only person that’s gonna stop 
me from getting this degree, is me. 



Mardi Gras decorations line Front Street during this time of year. 

Photo by Valentina Perez 


ASHLEY FRENCH 

KNWD Reporter 

Many Louisiana natives at NSU come from 
New Orleans and travel back during Mardi Gras 
to experience the annual holiday. 

Freshman communications major Rob 
Devoid, from the East part of New Orleans, is 
looking forward to seeing his family again. 

“I haven’t been home in about two or three 
months now or just been around my family,” 
Devoid said. “It’s a different world during 
Mardi Gras. Everyone is really nice and is always 
partying and having a good time.” 

According to The History Channel website, 
some experts say that Mardi Gras festivities 
showed up as a result of the Catholic Church’s 
discouragement of sex and eating meat during 
Lent. 

Junior Shania Dauterive of New Iberia, 
Louisiana explained the importance of the 
Mardi Gras tradition for her family. 

“Mardi Gras in Louisiana is actually a 
Catholic holiday; I know because I myself am 
Catholic,” Dauterive said. “As horrible as it 


sounds. Fat Tuesday is actually a time for sin, 
meaning you can do whatever you want when 
you want. Leading into Ash Wednesday, it’s 
more of a day of cleansing.” 

The New Iberia native said not many 
people understand the true meaning behind 
Mardi Gras. 

“...Mardi Gras is more of a day of 
expressing all the things you need to release 
inside before the cleansing begins,” she said. 

Others, like Sierra Sunder, celebrate 
Mardi Gras only as a tradition. 

Sumler, a New Orleans native, has been an 
attendee of Mardi Gras throughout her whole 
life, with her family traditionally being a part 
of the historic Zula parade that celebrates 
African culture. 

“Mardi Gras is unique because it’s like 
New Orleans’ own holiday,” Sumler said. 
“People from all over come to celebrate 
carnival season. Other holidays are more of 
family traditions... [Mardi Gras] is more of a 
celebration of fun.” 

Mardi Gras break is Monday Feb. 27-28. 
Classes resume on Wednesday, March 1 . 



Photo by Ryan Hodnett 

NSU presents: 
The Skunkening 

MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

NSU Students from all walks of life have 
heard the rumors, and some have even seen 
the proof: we are not alone here. 

There have been multiple reports of 
skunk activity around campus; there are even 
some who speak of a whole skunk clan. The 
Current Sauce has named the leader Salsa 
- the reason being that we sometimes call 
ourselves The Current Salsa -but many are 
too afraid to even speak its name. Will the 
alleged skunk clan turn into a skunk empire? 

Junior musical theatre major Addison 
Hinson recalls a dark evening when he had 
his hr st skunk encounter. 

“I was leaving A.A. Fredericks after a 
late night rehearsal, and a car’s headlights 
were on, blinking at me,” Hinson said. “All 
of a sudden, [the guy in the car] yelled ‘IT’S 
BEHIND YOU!’ I heard a scurry and saw 
the ugliest sight I’ve ever seen. That bastard 
chased me for a solid two minutes when I 
finally took off sprinting for my life. I kind of 
cried a little bit, and then I drove on my merry 
way to tell the tale.” 

Veterinary Tech major Kaitlyn Rose 
encountered a skunk her first day on campus 
before classes started. 

“[The] little sucker was in the grass area 
near Kyser,” Rose said. “Broad daylight, he 
was just running and doing his own thing. ” 

Innocent by day, stink bandit by night? 
We may not be able to predict their patterns, 
but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should 
condemn our skunk neighbors. Professor 
of English Julie Kane feels that if Animal 
Control were to get involved, it is important 
to protect them. 

“Please ensure that they are relocated and 
not killed,” Kane said on a Facebook thread 
about the skunkening. 

Dean of Students Frances Conine shared 
a story of the skunks from years ago at 
Varnado Hall. 

“A girl had a couple of baby skunks 
she found around the dorm in a box in her 
room,” Conine said. “She thought they were 
kittens.” 

In the words of Pepe Le Pew, “Quelle est? 
Ah, le belle femme skunk fatale.” 





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Guest artist to play with jazz ensemble 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

N ationally-renowned vibraphonist 
Warren Wolf is set to perform with the 
NSU Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, 
Feb. 22 in Magale Recital Hall. In addition to 
the concert at 7:30 p.m.. Wolf is giving a free 
master class open to the public at 3 p.m. 

“I love sharing my experience: my story 
through all my time as a touring musician,” 
Wolf said. “I love meeting the students... so I 
can spread some knowledge and love.” 

Wolf began his musical training at age 3 
and drew inspiration from alto saxophonist 
Charlie Parker and vibraphonist Milt Jackson. A 
Baltimore native, he attended Baltimore School 
for the Arts and then the prestigious Berklee 
College of Music in Boston, Mass. 

Senior music business major James Leach 
plays vibraphone for the Jazz Orchestra and 
called Wolf his “vibraphone hero.” Leach 
thinks audiences will find him entertaining 
regardless of their knowledge of music. 

“He’s like the top dog up-and-coming,” 
Leach said. “If you want to see a free concert 
with a world-class musician, here’s your 
chance.” 

Galindo Rodriguez, director of the Jazz 
Orchestra, had been considering several guest 
artists before selecting Wolf. He hopes the 
performer shows students how to work with 
other musicians in ensemble settings. 

“I’m interested in hearing what he has to 
say to the audience and how he affects them,” 
Rodriguez said. “The uniqueness, for us, is to 
have somebody that is world-class. . . We’re very 
fortunate to have been able to get him due to his 
performing schedule.” 



Vibraphonist James Leach playing vibraphone with the Jazz Orchestra. He considers guest artist 
Warren Wolf his “vibraphone hero ” Photo by Alec Horton 


Alumni Association to host second dragon boat race 



Fifteen groups are currently signed up to race on March 4. 
Registration will close Feb. 26. Photo from Wikimedia Commons 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

Dragon boat races are coming to 
Natchitoches for the second year in a row. 
The 200-meter race involves two boats, 
each containing 20 paddlers and one 


drummer, racing against each other for the 
fastest time. 

The NSU Alumni Association originated 
the competition last year as a unique way to 
raise funds for the annual alumni events. 
Golf tournaments and galas are normal 
fundraisers for alumni gatherings, but last 


year’s race was so well-received that the 
association hopes its popularity expands in 
the near future. 

Van Erikson, associate director of 
Alumni Affairs, oversees coordination of 
the event and views this year’s date as a 
prime opportunity to get the 
community involved. \J^ ^ 

“N-Side View Day 
and a double-header 
basketball game V 
will be coinciding 
with the races too,” 

Erikson said. “It’ll 
be a great day for 
prospective students, 
current students, alumni and 
community members.” 

The event is on March 4 from 10 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. It was held on the riverbank last 
year, but has been moved to Chaplin Lake 
on campus due to construction. 

Spectators can expect to see about 20 
races with the 15 teams currently signed 
up and to hear live music, purchase food 


and other items from vendors, and play on 
inflatables from Cane River Waterslides. 

Kirsten Bartels, Scholars’ College 
director, has a soft spot for being on the 
water but was unable to participate last 
year. 

“I missed the chance lastyear, so I hope 
that the Louisiana 
Scholars’ College is 
able to participate 
W this year,” Bartels 
said. “Hopefully we 
can find a sponsor 
that is willing to pay 
for the registration 
fees for our boat.” 
Attending the 

competition is free, but those wishing 
to participate must pay $2,100 to register 
their boat. Many businesses have agreed to 
sponsor student organizations and groups 
that wish to participate. Registration closes 
Feb. 26, and the form can be found at 
northwesternalumni.com/ dragonboatsl 7, 
along with Erikson’s contact information. 





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Intramural participants reflect on experiences 


SAMANTHA CLARK 

Contributing Reporter 

I ntramural sports allow students in clubs 
and organizations to play sports in 
college without playing at a high level of 
competition on the official school team. 

Groups from RSOs and other groups 
of students compete regularly, like in the 
basketball season and tournament the 
WRAC hosted this past month. 

The regular season for basketball started 
Jan. 30, ended Feb. 10, and was followed 
by the Demon Cup tournament; the Baptist 
Collegiate Ministry won the Demon Cup, 
men’s champs were Team Niko Juice and 
Tri Sigma won the women’s championship. 

Although most fraternity members 
said they appreciate what intramurals do 
to strengthen their muscles, most agree 
it benefits their bonds. Sports, according 
to most brothers, are about friendly 
competition and staying active and healthy, 
but the bonding a team creates after 
spending free time together in practices and 
games cannot be denied. 

Competition is obviously a part of 
sports, but not every team is in it for the 
championship title. 

“Intramurals promote a healthy 
lifestyle,” David Johnson, member of Pi 
Kappa Phi, said. “It gets students out of 
their rooms and library to get an hour or 
more of activity.” 


Aaron Saveli of Pi Kappa Alpha 
emphasized the importance of athleticism in 
intramurals. 

“Intramurals are very important to 
everyone who was an athlete in high school 
but either chose or could not play at the next 
level,” Saveli said. “This gives each athlete a 
chance to relive their high school days in a 
college setting.” 

Even though the season only lasts a few 
weeks, brothers say time spent together 
building teammates up and striving to be the 
best on and off the court builds a closer bond 
with students that participate. 

Theta Chi member Ty Hester said he 
“[liked] getting to know everyone else on a 
different level and building a brotherhood 
experience.” 

Members of other fraternities such 
as Kappa Alpha Order, Alpha Phi Alpha 
and Sigma Nu agree that brotherhood is 
increased between members who partake in 
intramurals. 

Whether the motivation behind playing 
is competition, bonding or staying in shape, 
intramural sports hold a special place in 
members’ college experiences. 

“Intramurals are very important to my 
fraternity,” Saveli said. “We strive to do the 
best in everything that we do, and athletics 
are no different from everything else.” 

Upcoming intramural activities can 
be found at the WRAC or online at 
imleagues.com. 


Rowing team to race Tulane 


MELISSA TAYLOR 

Contributing Reporter 

NSU’s rowing team. Demon Crew, will 
attend a scrimmage against Tulane on March 
11. Coach Jason Stelly, assistant director of 
Demon Intramurals, said that even though 
rowing is not very popular in the South, crew 
finds competitions within driving distance to 
go to. 

“The closest races we can go to, we will go 
to,” Stelly said. “We go to Austin, which is the 
closest race, about six and a half hours away.” 

Madison Shidiskis, a freshman biology 
major, said she joined the team last semester 
because it looked like a lot of fun and because 
everyone was really enthusiastic. Shidiskis 
prepares for regattas differently than rowers 
as a coxswain because she sits in the bow or 
stern of the boat and gives commands to her 
teammates. 

“For us, it is more of a mental thing, having 
to mentally prepare and know what your 
rowers need to hear,” Shidiskis said. 

Coxswains keep rowers motivated both 
in and out of the water and make sure that 
everything with the boat is right. 

“The actual competitions are definitely 
stressful,” Shidiskis said. “You have to keep 


all eight other people in your boat safe and 
worry about everything else that could possibly 
go wrong.” 

Crew Vice President and rower Stewart 
Sloan said he joined the team because he looked 
up to his fencing coach in high school who 
was an NSU rower in the 80s. Sloan loves the 
feeling of winning, especially because Crew is a 
club sport and rowing team members do not get 
scholarships, unlike most schools they compete 
against. 

“When we win, it feels awesome,” Sloan 
said. “It’s honestly one of the best feelings I’ve 
ever had in my life. ” 

Both Shidiskis and Sloan agree that one 
of the best parts of being part of crew are the 
bonds formed between teammates. 

A commitment to crew proves to be very 
time-consuming. Shidiskis said she typically 
works out eight hours a week. Sloan said he 
puts in about 10 hours including the weekend 
workouts rowers are required to do. Hard work 
pays off, though; the women’s varsity four- 
person boat won the 2016 SIRA championship 
last semester. 

If you are interested in joining Crew, you 
can contact Coach Stelly at stellyj@nsula.edu, 
or at his office phone, 318-357-5341. You can 
also stop by his office, 2 1 7 in the WRAC. 



Kappa Sigma defeated Alpha Phi Alpha in their intramural 
basketball tournament. Photo by Eryn Percle 



Feb. 16-19 


Feb. 22-28 


Scores 


Schedule 


Women’s Basketball 


Women’s Basketball 


2/16 WIN vs. Southeastern 

89-71 

2/23 at Sam Houston 6:30 p.m. 

2/18 LOSS vs. Abilene Christian 

74-75 

2/25 vs. UNO 

1 p.m. 

Men’s Basketball 


Men's Basketball 


2/16 LOSS vs. Southeastern 

66-73 

2/22 vs. Lamar 

8 p.m. 

2/18 WIN at Nicholls 

80-78 

2/25 vs. UNO 

3 p.m. 

Softball 


Softball 


2/17 WIN vs. Maryland 

13-2 

2/22 atULM 

6 p.m. 

2/ 17 LOSS at Florida 

3-9 

2/24 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson 

10 a.m. 

2/ 18 LOSS at Florida 

0-10 

in Chattanooga, TN 


2/ 18 WIN vs. Florida 

4-2 

2/24 at Chattanooga 

3 p.m. 

International 


2/25 vs. Western Michigan in 

10 a.m. 

2/19 TIE vs. Florida A&M 

3-3 

Chattanooga, TN 

2/25 vs. Saint Louis in 

3 p.m. 

Baseball 


Chattanooga, TN 

2/17 LOSS vs. Cincinnati 

2-3 

2/26 vs. UT Martin in 
Chattanooga, TN 

9 a.m. 

2/18 WIN vs. Cincinnati 

3-2 



2/19 WIN vs. Cincinnati 

6-2 

Baseball 




2/24 vs. Arkansas State 6:30 p.m. 

Women’s Tennis 


2/25 vs. Arkansas State 

2 p.m. 

2/18 WIN at Texas State 

5-2 

2/26 vs. Arkansas State 

1 p.m. 

2/19 WIN at UTSA 

4-3 





Women’s and Men’s Track 

KZBL 100.7 FM 


2/22-23 at SLC Indoor 


KYSR 92.1 FM 


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Happy President’s Day 


Illustration by Eryn Percle 


Love transcends race 



Photo From Creative Commons 


SHANIA DAUTERIVE 

KNWD Reporter 

As people start expanding their 
knowledge of different cultures, they also 
expand their options in dating outside of their 
race. 

Interracial dating is slowly starting to 
become more accepted as time passes, first 
from whites and blacks dating to having mixed 
children. 

Ashley French, communications major, 
believes that it’s a beautiful way for different 
cultures to come together. 

“Love is not just within just dating your 
own race or culture,” French said. “I feel we 
shouldn’t discriminate ourselves and say 6 Oh 
I want black love or Hispanic love.’ No: love 
is love.” 

French admires interracial couples 
because she feels as though they express their 
love for each other without shame. 

“Love is not defined as race but defined as 
quality of someone’s character,” she said. 

Sophomore biology major Noah Baudoin 
said he is all for interracial dating, and it 
doesn’t bother him at all. 

“I can’t wrap my head around how people 
bash interracial dating,” Baudoin said. 


Being a Caucasian man, he would want 
to understand someone else’s culture by 
just simply asking them questions to gain 
understanding. 

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and 
if someone gets upset you either asked it 
wrong or they feel a certain way towards you,” 
Baudoin said. “I never had that issue though 
because everyone is always open to talk about 
their culture, and I think it’s a beautiful thing.” 

To speak for myself, I wouldn’t think that 
someone outside of my race could handle my 
ways as a black woman. I’m strong-willed, 
independent and full of attitude. A white 
man or any other race probably couldn’t 
understand my needs as an African-American 
woman. 

I do owe homage to my great-grandparents 
who were an interracial couple in the 1 920s. 
During those times, even thinking about 
marrying someone of another race was out 
of the question. But they came, saw and 
conquered, and here I am almost 90 years 
later, and I will be forever thankful. 

I love how the world is coming together 
slowly to accept the inside of our hearts 
instead of the outside of our skin. Love 
shouldn’t have a preference - love should be 
limitless. 


Refugee ban: the facts do not back up the fears 


JACOB BENNETT 

Contributing Writer 

o you may have heard something 
about a refugee ban. 

On Jan. 27, President Donald 
Trump issued an executive order placing 
an immediate 120-day halt on any and all 
refugee resettlement, as well as a 90-day 
ban on immigration from seven majority- 
Muslim countries. Citizens of Libya, 
Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and 
Iran were no longer allowed access into 
the United States because they were 
deemed too high of a terroristic threat. 

The travel ban was stalled by the 
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but 
President Trump plans to issue a revised 
version that will target the same majority- 
Muslim countries with a likely focus 
on fewer people so it will survive legal 
challenges. 


I tried to be unbiased and look at this 
situation objectively. Oftentimes we let our 
emotions lead us to make wrong decisions 
and deciding upon a political opinion is no 
different. However, reading through the news 
the weekend this all went down, I couldn’t 
help but be horrified at the chaos our president 
caused. 

One Iraqi man Hameed Khalid Darweesh 
was detained for 18 hours at the JFK 
International Airport in New York City, just for 
being Iraqi. Darweesh spent years working for 
the U.S. military as an interpreter overseas. 

Dozens of legal green-card-holding 
residents were held at the Dulles International 
Airport in D.C., including an Iranian mother 
and 5-year-old son who were separated for 
hours. 

Perhaps the most heart-wrenching story 
I read was about the 4-month-old baby from 
Iran whose family was taking her to America 
for heart surgery. Needless to say, they were 
turned away. 


As Rudy Giuliani (who helped write the 
order) pointed out to Fox News, the executive 
action was a legalized way of banning Muslims 
from entering the U.S., something Trump 
called for in December 2015. 

While the ban is appalling to many, to 
Trump’s voters, it makes sense-and I can see 
why. After all, there are radicals in the Middle 
East who want to destroy America, all in the 
name of their so-called Islamic faith. If we can 
stop terrorist attacks from being committed 
on U.S. soil, we should take every step to do 
so. But Trump’s executive order does not 
accomplish this. 

The order repeatedly cites the attacks on 
Sept. 1 1 , 200 1 , as a basis for the ban, yet it does 
not ban the countries the al-Qaeda hijackers 
were from: Egypt, Lebanon, the United 
Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. In fact, no 
Americans at all have been killed by foreigners 
from the seven countries Trump listed. Since 
1975, a grand total of 20 refugees have been 
charged— twenty— of attempting terrorism. 


The facts simply do not back up the fears 
that led to this executive order. To quote 
the Cato Institute: “The annual chance of an 
American dying in a terrorist attack committed 
by a refugee is one in 3.6 billion.” You’re 
literally more likely to be shot by a toddler than 
to be killed by a refugee. 

This ban is hurting more people than it 
is helping. Not only is it turning thousands 
of people away from a safe haven back to be 
slaughtered in their war-torn countries, but it is 
also making us less safe by giving ISIS perfect 
recruiting material. 

“Overall [ISIS’] view is almost certainly that 
Trump’s persona would be a boon to them as 
an organization,” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, an 
American counter-terrorism consultant, said. 
“ Given what is widely perceived as inflammatory 
rhetoric in the campaign, they think they can 
recruit around Trump in a way they could not 
around [Hillary] Clinton.” 

But I guess Trump just tells it like it is, 
or something. 







Student reviews Resident Evil 7 


ANTHONY RENTERIA 

Contributing Reporter 

The Resident Evil franchise is something I 
have a good, yet rough history with. I’m a very 
passive Resident Evil fan who has definitely 
played a good amount of the games, but when 
I saw Resident Evil 7’s trailer, I was highly 
skeptical. 

From what I saw, it had nothing to do 
with the franchise and looked like every 
horror game on the market. I thought it was 
going to be one of those games that popular 
YouTubers would play, get a scare out of for 
views and then move on to the next game. 

To some degree, I was both right and 
wrong; Resident Evil 7 is a well-done attempt 
to return the series to survival horror, but 
there are still some problems with that. 

If you know nothing about Resident Evil 
7, buckle up. 

Resident Evil 7 starts with an all new 
character, Ethan, who gets a distress call from 
Mia, his missing wife. A seemingly abandoned 
house in Louisiana is involved, where Ethan’s 
wife tries to cut him in half with a chainsaw. 

The enemies of the game turn out to be 
the crazy Baker family, and your objective as 
Ethan is to escape and find a cure for Mia, 
your chainsaw-wielding wife. 

I had flashbacks to my experience with the 
Beginning Hour demo; it was slow, boring 
and I felt the same about the game back when 
the release was announced. 


After you meet the Bakers, though, my 
opinion changed. 

The game shines the most during the 
time at the Baker’s property, where you’re 
introduced to the game’s mechanics and the 
new enemies. It started to feel like an old 
school Resident Evil game. 

Certain areas go with certain Bakers, 
which reminded me of Nemesis from Resident 
Evil 3, without encouraging the player to 
restrain said enemy with a reward of some 
sort. Your typical reaction would be to run 
away and hide or try to figure out a puzzle 
quickly. 

The new 
game has 
jump scares, 
but it relies 
on them 

much less than expected. 


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Some features that make a return from 
previous games are save rooms where you 
can store items and weapons you have found, 
and in some cases, spend coins on unlocking 
new weapons or buying ammo. The limited 
save feature has been reserved for hard mode, 
which is strange considering the franchise. 

After you leave the Baker’s house, 
negative aspects of the game start to occur. 
Capcom, for some reason, decided to make 
most of the end game take place on a Tanker. 
For the third time. 

This is when Resident Evil 7 started to 
lose its steam - and it’s not because of 

the Tanker. 
The game 
starts to get 
repetitive. 
Besides 
running away from the 


It does a great job in nailing 
its atmosphere, especially with 
graphics. 

The graphics of Resident Evil 7 can be 
adjusted to fit differing systems. It runs on 
a brand new engine based off Capcom’s MT 
Framework, which helped adjust my settings 
on a PC. On consoles, the game looks great, 
too. 

Areas can get dark, but I never completely 
lost where I was going. The weird goo- 
looking walls are gross in a good way for a 
horror game. It helped that the team focused 
on much smaller areas to put detail into the 
locations where they come out as their own. 


Bakers, the only other 
common enemies you face are 
Bio Organic Weapons (BOWs). There are 
two types, and they both look the same. In 
comparison to Resident Evil 6, it’s a huge 
downgrade. 

Again, boring. You go through these 
boring ship halls and fight the same boring 
enemies over and over until you finish the 
game. 

My biggest gripe with the game, however, 
is that there isn’t any extra content offered. 

Making another comparison to the 
previous mainline entry, there were three 
campaigns and a single player campaign with 


Ada, Mercenaries, five other multiplayer 
modes and a mode where you can join 
another player’s game as an enemy. 

With Resident Evil 7, you get the 
promise of free downloadable content 
coming in spring, but some of it is only 
available on PlayStation 4 and locked 
behind a paywall. 

Trying to go back and play the game 
on hard mode also gets annoying; you 
have to sit through the same scenes you 
have already seen. 

There are some parts that are silly for 
a game attempting to return to survival 
horror, like the garage fight with Jack 
Baker. If you take too long to beat him, 
he will rip off the car door and roof, get 
inside of it, turn it on despite not having 
keys and proceed to run you over while 
making insults in a redneck accent. 

The last thing that peeved me was 
Ethan himself. Despite the occasional 
one-liner, he’s completely forgettable as 
a Resident Evil protagonist. I’d say even 
characters that only existed for one game, 
like Billy from 0 or Sheva from Resident 
Evil 5, are more substantial than Ethan. 

Despite all these negatives, I would 
recommend Resident Evil 7 by itself, but 
not at the $60 price tag it comes with. 
There is much less content to justify that. 
Wait for a price drop or sale and then 
take the plunge. It’s a flawed experience, 
but one that I stuck around for and 
enjoyed. 










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Argus announces 
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Woodley makes 

NSU basketball 
history 

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Students discuss 
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CP-TEL. 

CP-Tel Network Services 
replaced Eleisure as the 
internet provider for on- 
campus housing facilities a 
few years ago. The business 
started as an independent 
telephone company serving 
Pleasant Hill and Campti in 
the 1930s and has grown to 
provide high-speed internet 
and digital television in 
addition to telephone 
services. CP-Tel now serves 
Natchitoches, Sabine and 
DeSoto Parishes. 



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Internet on campus 

HOW IS NSU FIXING 
THE WI-FI ISSUE? 

Old equipment causes internet problems for on-campus students 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

I nternet issues have plagued on- 
campus housing for years, and 
students’ complaints are finally being 
heard. 

“We are currently making plans to 
have the student Wi-Fi network available 
throughout campus,” Chief Information 
Officer Ron Wright said. “Hopefully, it’ll 
be ready by fall 2017.” 

Currently, students in University 
Columns bring their own router or 
plug ethernet cords directly into their 
computers, and students in University 
Place connect to a wireless network in 
their building. 

Housing internet services are 
managed by CP-Tel Network Services, 
which is based in Natchitoches. When 
students have issues with their internet 
connection, they are encouraged to call 
CP-Tel. Since the internet issues are 
an issue in on-campus housing, some 
students complain to their Resident 
Assistants (RAs). 

“We did contact CP-Tel, and they said 
that since no residents made a complaint, 
they couldn’t do anything,” RA Mia 
Adams said. “In response to that, almost 
every RA called and made a complaint as 
the residents we are. Residents expect us 
to be able to fix it, but we literally can’t do 
anything. The only thing we can do is call 
CP-Tel and see if they can come fix it.” 


Because internet outages do not 
discriminate between day and night, 
students regularly leave their homes at 
night to complete online assignments. 

“I usually go to my sorority’s house 
or to the library,” sophomore Taylor 
Powell said. “When it is really late at 
night, I am kind of stuck because the 
library closes at midnight. I know there 
are other places that provide Wi-Fi, but 
I tend to do homework late at night and 
I would rather 
be in my dorm 
than having 
to travel 

around.” 

“My son 
used to live in 
Columns, so I 
am frustrated 
with the 
internet issues as a parent and as the 
Chief Information Officer here,” 
Wright said. “Because the internet 
isn’t currently managed by our office, I 
can’t do much to help though. Trust me, 
there’s no one more frustrated over the 
current situation than me.” 

The on-campus internet situation 
began its decline about three years ago. 
At that time, internet was provided by 
the Houston-based company, Eleisure. 
Students in both University Place (UP) 
and Columns had to provide their own 
routers. Because the internet service 
provider was so far away, students with 


internet problems could not always have 
issues resolved quickly. 

“We stressed choosing a provider 
that is nearby and has a relationship 
with the university to Campus Living 
Villages (CLV),” Wright said. 

The Information Technology 
Services Department at NSU will manage 
all internet services on campus soon. 
Internet access in Varnado Hall will be 
provided through the department, and 
this will serve 
as a model 
for what is to 
come for other 
on-campus 
housing. 

In order 
to bring the 
student Wi- 
Fi network 
to dorms, the Information Technology 
Services Department will have to 
upgrade hardware and wiring. They 
will completely replace hardware in 
University Place and replace both the 
hardware and wiring in Columns. 

“The problem doesn’t reside with 
CP-Tel,” Wright said. “The problem 
is with the age of the equipment. The 
equipment in Columns probably dates 
back to 1994.” 

In the meantime, students are 
encouraged to call the housing front 
desk and CP-Tel about internet 
connectivity issues. 


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Columns probably 
dates back to 1994. 

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The Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission funded the new City Park at the corner of Amulet and Second 
Street. Among the amenities includes a new outdoor amphitheater for a variety of events. Photo by Alec Horton 


New City Park offers amphitheater 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

The recent construction on Second Street 
may have inconvenienced some residents, but 
the proposed outcome of these developments 
will give Natchitoches its own amphitheater. 

Datingback to Ancient Greece, major cities, 
or poleis, had outdoor amphitheaters where 
citizens gathered for meetings, entertainment 
and important public announcements. 

Today in Natchitoches, the City Park on 
the corner of Second Street and Amulet Street 
constructed a new outdoor amphitheater 
complete with a stage area and outdoor 


seating. City planning and development put 
down grass and planted trees for this area that 
will be free and open to the public. 

Meanwhile, downtown on Front Street, 
construction is well underway for a stage by 
the riverbank. Essentially, the preexisting 
stage is getting a makeover. This could 
benefit Natchitoches’ tourism, providing 
an outdoor venue for guest artists and 
performances during festivals like Christmas 
Fest. 

Director of Community Development 
Randy LaCaze believes that these projects 
should continue the growth of the city, 
moving the community forward to a greater 
level of success. 


“Most of the large projects take at least six 
months to one year to plan and have ready for 
construction to start,” LaCaze said. “Small 
repair projects can usually be accomplished 
in one to two months.” 

The completed city park project was 
financed by significant grant funds through 
the Land and Water Conservation Fund 
and the general budget for the city of 
Natchitoches. 

The next big project on the list is the 
development of the Brewery at the old Archer 
Daniel’s Midland site along the Cane River, 
which is expected to benefit the local economy 
and provide jobs. This will be a larger project 
and will take much longer to develop. 


Natchitoches Humane Society 
asks community for help 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

The Natchitoches Humane Society has 
recentlyrun out ofmoneyfor Spay Natchitoches, 
a program that provides partial or full-coverage 
vouchers for spaying and neutering animals 
with low-income families. 

In 2016, the organization paid an average 
of $ 1 ,000 per month for operations, making a 
difference in 154 animals’ lives. Volunteers are 
always welcome at Happy Tails, the Humane 
Society’s shelter, but President Juanita Murphy 
urges students to fundraise and bring attention 
to the primary issue: funding. 

“NSU can be a strong voice for the Humane 
Society,” Murphy said. “We at least can create 
the awareness of the urgent need to stop animal 
suffering and euthanasia.” 

Spay Natchitoches started in 2015 
with an initial donation from the late Norm 
Fletcher, a former Natchitoches Parish 
sheriff. As applications for the program 
have increased, monetary donations have 


not risen to match the need. 

American Humane, a national organization 
that promotes animal welfare and safety, 
recommends that all shelter animals be spayed 
or neutered to prevent overpopulation. 
However, no large-scale programs exist to help 
fund such services. Local animal shelters are 
largely self-supported and rely on donors and 
grants to continue operations. 

Shelters in Louisiana collectively euthanize 
about 98,000 animals every year, according 
to PAWS of Northeast Louisiana. Without 
a consistent program assisting low-income 
families, the pet population in Natchitoches is 
at risk of increasing far beyond the community’ s 
ability to care for them. 

Without Spay Natchitoches, Murphy 
anticipates “more animals being born 
unwanted,” brought into shelters and later 
euthanized. 

The Humane Society accepts donations via 
PayPal at natchitocheshumane.com, or by mail 
to Natchitoches Humane Society, P.O. Box 
7405, Natchitoches, Louisiana. 


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March 3 

Auto Accident 
-Sam Sibley 
Situation Controlled 
Theft of TV 
-University Place 1 
Ongoing 

Complaint of Loud Music 
-Bookstore 
Music Lowered 

March 4 

Auto Accident 
-Lot 25 

Situation Controlled 

March 6 

Suspicious Person 
-Watson Library 
Asked to Leave 
Persons Stuck in Elevator 
-CAPA 

Officer Controlled 
Complaint of Roommate Issues 
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- SGA President John Pearce reported his 
schedule for the following week. Tuesday, 
March 7, he will meet with the QEP executive 
board; Wednesday, he will meet with Tommy 
Whitehead to discuss student media on 
campus; Thursday, NSU will interview 
candidates for the student media coordinator 
position, Pearce will attend the dedication 
ceremony of the Student Services Center 
to Jimmy Long, Sr. at 1 1 a.m. as well as the 
public forum on the presidential search at 1 
p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Pearce has plans 
to meet with the State Legislature to discuss 
funding and other issues regarding the UL 
System on Thursday. And on Lriday, March 
10, he will meet with Dean Connie’ s office 
to discuss sexual assault and policies held by 
the university. 

- The Center for Inclusion and Diversity 
with SGA will host a guest speaker, Odell 
Bizzell, on Wednesday, March 15 from 6 
p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 107 of Russell Hall. 

- SGA approved appointments to the 
Election Board committee. The committee 
oversees elections for SGA and SAB, 
essentially to make sure the elections are fair. 
Senator Ragan Aple was also approved to her 
appointment as Sports Chairman. 

- Two bills will be voted on March 
13, SB.SP. 17-01 and SB.SP.17-02. 
SB.SP. 17-01 proposes to reinstate a grant 
program and revise the guidelines so that 
certain funding comes out of the ORE 
account instead of the SGA fund. 


SGA Meeting 

March 6 

Covered by Jordan Reich 


Vice President Tre Nelson also commented 
that they looked at all schools in Louisiana 
and others in the South as a model for the 
proposed changes. If passed, it will take 
effect in March 2018. 

- The Senate approved a resolution 
(R.SP. 1 7-02) regarding the “ongoing issue 
of internet connectivity.” The resolution 
states, “SGA requests that the University 
administration work with Campus Living 
Villages to ensure that this issue be resolved 
quickly and that the SGA remain updated 
on the status of this ongoing situation.” 

- The nature of the Student Concerns 
Page was discussed, with Pearce stating 
that “concerns is a very subjective 
word... we can talk about redefining the 
purpose.” Jacobs commented that it is Dr. 
Henderson’s wishes that it not be deleted. 
“It’s a way to hold people accountable... 
it’s annoying [sometimes] but it can be 
helpful,” she said. 

- On April 10, Pearce and the other 
SGA presidents will travel to Baton Rouge 
to open the Louisiana Legislature session 
and voice concerns and questions. 

-Pearce also spoke about the presidential 
search and the Search Committee that he 
serves on as an advising nonvoting member. 
Members of this committee will give their 
suggestions to the Board of Regents, those 
that eventually pick NSU’s next president 
from the candidates. 


- SB.SP.17-02 proposes changes to the 
format of the SGA Senate. The bill reduces 
the number of senators from 36 to 25; 
Pearce said this will make positions on the 
senate more competitive and will ensure that 
hard workers are present. Aly Jacobs stated 
that SAB will also be putting this in place. 


- UL Day will be held on April 19 in 
Baton Rouge. University institutions are 
invited to attend, and NSU is planning to 
take students to the event. “Lor the first 
time in eight years, higher education is 
being taken seriously,” Pearce relayed from 
his meeting with Dr. Maggio. 


Police to offer defense course 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

The Natchitoches Police Department will 
offer a three-day Rape Aggression Defense 
(RAD) course this month to aid in women’s 
safety. 

The class is on March 14,21, and 28 from 
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Natchitoches Police 
Department’s training center located at 525 
Bossier Street. The class is $20 for first-time 
students and free for returning students who 
bring their signed manuals. 

“We try to offer four or five different 
classes a year,” RAD Instructor Sergeant Jeff 
Townson said. “We try to expose as many 
people as possible to these self-defense 
classes.” 


The class will offer self-defense methods 
for safely getting out of multiple situations. 

“We consider any time a woman is not 
free to move around as she pleases to be a bad 
situation,” Townson said. “These situations 
can become very physical, so we want to be 
sure that women are equipped with escape 
methods.” 

Townson will teach pragmatic self-defense 
methods to class participants. 

“The RAD system was created by a retired 
police officer, and it’s made up of different 
martial arts,” Townson said. “Everything that 
we will be covering is designed to be highly 
effective.” 

The class is open to women and girls age 
1 3 and up. Those interested in pre-registering 
can contact Amy Cox at 318-357-3802. 


Search for permanent 
president continues 


SHANIA DAUTERIVE 

KNWD News Director 

T he Northwestern State University 
Search Committee was charged 
with recommending at least two 
individuals who best qualify for the position of 
Northwestern State University President on 
Thursday, Leb. 23. 

Alejandro Perkins, Chair of the Board of 
Supervisors for the University of Louisiana 
System, spoke at the meeting about Ending 
someone to continue the legacy. 

“Because Dr. [Jim] Henderson was 
gracious enough to accept the position as 
President for our system, we must work to 
find his successor,” Perkins said. “As Chair of 
the Board of Supervisors for the University of 
Louisiana System, one of my responsibilities is 
to appoint a search to do just that.” 

The Board charged the committee with the 
following tasks: 

* Establish a procedure and timeline 
* Engage the services of a search 
consultant 

* Visit the campus early in the process and 
obtain public input 

* Screen applications 
* Check references 

* Interview the most qualified candidates 
* Recommend at least two qualified 
candidates to the full Board 

Although no one is officially a candidate 
yet, former NSU president and current UL 
President Dr. Jim Henderson gave some advice 
to the future candidates since he was once in 
their shoes. 

“One— Trust the process. It will work,” 
Henderson said. “Two— Be yourself. The most 
important thing the Board of Supervisors do is 
pick a president. Allow the process to work.” 

Potential candidate Dr. Chris Maggio spoke 
on how serving as NSU Acting President has 
been fulfilling to him. 

“Northwestern has such great students, 
faculty and staff that it’s been great,” Maggio 
said. “It’s really allowed me to appreciate 
even the great work the faculty does and the 
achievement of our students.” 

Maggio also said that he appreciates the 
selection process because it gathers input 
from the students, faculty and staff, alumni and 
community members, as well as individuals from 
businesses and industries. It shows interest not 
only in Northwestern State, but in its region, 
Maggio said. 

According to the desired qualifications 
document, the board is seeking a leader who 
has the following qualities: 

* An earned doctorate from an accredited 
institution (preferred) 

* Strength in fiscal management and 
philanthropy 

* The ability to inspire students, faculty 
and staff to expand their knowledge and 
understanding in a multicultural, global society 
* Excellent communication skills and a 



Presidential 
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from campus and community 

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March27, 2017 

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April 3, 2017 

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to reviev applicant materials 
and to select semifinalists 

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demonstrated ability to work in an environment 
of collegiality and a shared decision-making 

* The ability to be a strong advocate for 
the university at the state, regional and national 
levels 

* The ability and desire to remain President 
of Northwestern for a period of several years 

Maggio also gave a word of advice for people 
thinking about applying for the position. 

“Make sure the things that you do are for the 
betterment of Northwestern,” Maggio said. 

Students are encouraged to attend the 
presidential search forum on Thursday, 
March 9 in the Magale Recital Hall at 1pm. 
This event will allow students and members 
of the community to offer their input and to 
ask questions. The forum will be streamed on 
NSU’s website, www.nsula.edu. 

For more information on the presidential 
search, go to www.ulsystem.edu or e-mail 
nsupresidentialsearch@la.gov. 




arts & Living 


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‘Bukrewe’: Students make BUKU a tradition 

ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 


BUKU Music + Art Project returns to 
New Orleans on March 10 and 1 1, as will a 
few NSU students who have almost made the 
festival a tradition. 

This is the festival’s sixth year, and like 
past years, it is staged along the Mississippi 
Riverfront. 

Students Loren Ryland and Tommy 
Remson will attend BUKU for the third year 
in a row and both are a part of a large group 
of friends and classmates that attend music 
festivals, including BUKU. 

“We all run into each other one way or 
another,” Remson said. “At BUKU, they 
would call it ‘Bukrewe.’” 

Ryland said that the NSU students in 
attendance has grown every year and that. 


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RASA, SCARLET A 

Contributing Authors 

My hips can’t help but to sway 
In a way that says 
I am a woman. 

Phenomenally made 

I take my steps 
With reckless abandon 
I will not recoil 

From being the center of attention 
Because I have nothing to fear. 

When I speak 
Words fall from my lips. 

As Solemn as a prayer. 

Which leaves you in praise 

I stand before you in silence. 

My gaze is sharp. 

Always something to behold 
Wondrously, 

Optimistic. 

Maddeningly, 

Ambitious. 

Never what you expect. 


although a large group attend VOODOO, 
BUKU is a place for the those more into the 
rave scene. 

“It’s unlike any other festival I’ve ever 
been to,” Ryland said. “The producers of 
BUKU have been able to perfectly capture the 
vibration of New Orleans into a two-day fest. 
The eclectic blend of artists (predominantly 
EDM and rap) is just perfect for the venue 
which is located at this badass plant.” 

Headliners for the event include 
deadmau5, Travis Scott, Zeds Dead, Young 
Thug, Zhu, Tycho and Jauz. 

Remson said that BUKU was the first 
music festival he ever attended. 

“Before BUKU, I thought I had known 
everything about music,” he said. 

This year, Remson is most excited to see 
Grizmatik and Lil Dicky perform, and Ryland 
said she is excited for Zeds Dead, Alina Baraz 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

One of the many hidden uses for student 
fees is the on-campus shuttle bus service, 
driven by Mr. David Chevalier. The shuttle 
can bring students anywhere they need on 
campus and has wheelchair access. 

Junior Xandria Petty used to ride the 
shuttle two to three times a week and always 
had a positive experience with the service. 

“The shuttle bus driver, Mr. David, is 
very soft spoken, but he’s very nice,” Petty 
said. “Most days, he arrives on time, but on 
rainy days it takes him awhile.” 

“Either way, if you’re late, disabled, or 
just don’t feel like walking, the shuttle bus 
is very helpful.” Petty said. 

Students who live at Frog Pond cannot 
get a ride all the way to their apartment. Due 


(who she said has “the voice of an angel”), 
and Grizmatik as well. 

Unlike many other music festivals, BUKU 
also combines an art event with the festival 
and offers NOLA-style food as one of its 
cusine options. Remson recommends the 
gyros. 

The BUKU Art Project features art 
installations and exhibits, many of them 
interactive. One of the signature pieces is the 
live grafitti wall, which Ryland said is “one of 
the coolest art shows [she’s] ever seen.” 

According to a mission statement on 
their site, BUKU’s new additions “seek to 
bring avant-garde art with a heavy industrial 
focus, creating a functional and interactive 
playground for everyone to participate...” 

“Everyone is just there to have a really 
good time and honestly go as hard as they 
can,” Ryland said. 


to insurance issues, the shuttle can only 
drop students off as far as the Tarlton gate. 

Catherine Faucheaux, Director of 
Disability Support, works with campus 
police to provide the shuttle service to 
those that need it most. 

“At the beginning of the semester, we 
give all approved ODS [Office of Disability 
Service] students the number to the 
van driver,” Faucheaux said. “While all 
students are entitled to use the shuttle, 
priority always goes to the disabled 
student.” 

The shuttle runs Monday through 
Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
with no runs on Friday or on the weekends. 
Mr. Chevalier can be reached at 318-471- 
4184 to schedule a pick-up. After 2:30 
p.m., students can call the police for a free 
ride at 318-357-5431. 



Argus announces 
winners for 2017 
edition 


MAGGIE HARRIS 

Argus Editor-in-Chief 

Argus Art and Literary magazine is 
excited to announce our 2016-2017 
Constellations winners. We received 
hundreds of submissions this year. Each 
submission was carefully reviewed by the 
judges. The winners are as follows: 

Art 

1 st place - Hands Up / Heather Mathis 
2nd place - Memory Of / Richelle Dorris 
3rd place - Golden Tree / Heather Mathis 
Staff Pick - Orlando / Alec Horton 

Fiction 

1 st place - 5 Minutes / Raley Pellittieri 
2nd place - Shaky Existence / Liz Manning 
3rd place - Pigeonholed / Nicolas Fry 

Nonfiction 

1st place - A Visit From Ivan / Kevin 
Pearcey 

2nd place - Sunlit Reflection / Rebekah 
Broussard 

3rd place - Smith Family Lore / Candice 
Smith 

Photography 

1 st place - Omen / Jessica Cross 
2nd place - Ghosts of Patriotism / Maggie 
Harris 

3rd place - Elvis and my Favorite Room / 
Megan Boyanton 

Staff Pick - Panther Power / Sean McGraw 

Poetry 

1 st place - In Tenebris / Julian Guerrero 
2nd place - El Hijo del Conquistador / 
Joseph Parrie 

3rd place - Jazz and Sugarcane / Chantrice 
Weber 

See these pieces in the 2016-2017 
1 edition of Argus, Constellations, coming 
soon! To find out more and be one of the 
first students to know when the magazine 
arrives, follow Argus at Facebook.com/ 
1 ArgusAtNSU. 



Disabled students receive priority to the campus shuttle, but all students pay for 
the service and are welcome to use it. Photo by Sean McGraw 


Shuttle operates during peak hours 





arts & Living 


5 


Worshipers reflect on prejudice 



Photo from Creative Commons 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

Many worshipers at the Islamic Center of 
Natchitoches feel safe despite a rise in concern 
about the safety of people who practice the 
Islamic faith. 


“Pve been here all my life, and I haven’t 
witnessed any type of discrimination,” Rasul 
Abdullah, an attendee of the Islamic Center, 
said. 

Another Natchitoches resident who 
practices Islam, Scholars’ College professor 
Dr. Rondo Keele, said that “Americans are 
generally pretty fair-minded.” 


Experiential learning for undergrads 


LYDIA WILLIAMS, 
KAITLYN KNIGHT 

Contributing Reporters 

On Feb. 22, NSU celebrated the 
launch of its new Quality Enhancement 
Plan, a program to reaffirm the school’s 
accreditation through the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools. 

NSU began to curate an executive 
committee and a task force to discuss and 
develop the QEP last year. Committees went 
through a process of determining the area in 
which they wanted to enhance education at 
NSU. 

“The focus came to experiential learning, 
the idea that there should be substantial and 
identifiable undergraduate experiences that 
help students prepare for their future in very 
direct ways,” task force member Dr. Curt 
Phifer, said. 

The tagline of NSU’ s QEP is “Learning 
for Life: Experience Your Future.” This 
involves each degree program developing 
either an internship, capstone course or 
research project for senior students to 
gain practical, valuable experience in their 
chosen field. 

“Research shows that there are 10 
impact practices that employers look for. 
Three of the highest impact practices were 
internships, undergraduate research and 
a capstone course,” Executive Committee 
member Reatha Cox said. 


Currently, there are six degree programs 
that already have some of these procedures 
in place, such as CAPA and the Louisiana 
Scholars’ College. These programs will serve 
as models for other departments developing 
their own undergraduate experiences. 

Although changes regarding curriculum 
will not happen overnight, department 
leaders seem enthusiastic. 

“They’re ready to jump on board as soon 
as next year,” QEP Executive Committee 
member and Vice President of Academic 
Affairs Vickie Gentry said. “They want to 
start redesigning their curriculum. I think 
we’re going to see that, in the next three 
years, we’re probably going to have a very 
high success rate.” 

Psychology Professor Brittany Broussard 
said that she thinks the QEP will prepare 
students for research in graduate school. 

“I did research as an undergraduate, and 
I think it really helped me get into graduate 
school because I was able to discuss my 
research during the interview process,” 
Broussard said. 

Abby Hinds, junior health and exercise 
science major, thinks that the QEP will 
allow students to graduate with valuable 
experience needed to qualify for jobs in 
their chosen careers. 

“I think by having the time to have that 
hands-on experience, it’s really going to 
prepare college students for their future and 
make them more marketable,” Hinds said. 


“Many people in Louisiana have gone 
to Muslim countries while serving in the 
military or working in the oil field, and 
they’re understanding of the culture,” he 
said. 

Keele shares his Islamic faith with his 
wife, Sadeem El Nahhas, and the two attend 
services at the Islamic Center. Nahhas 
isn’t certain she could “objectively say 
whether we [Muslims in the U.S.] are safe or 
threatened.” 

On Feb. 10, the mayor and three city 
council members visited the mosque for the 
Friday prayer service and stayed for a meal 
with the worshipers. 

“We’re all really grateful to them for 
having done that,” Keele said. 

“Islam is more about community than 
individualism,” one of the mosque’s 
congregation members, Akbar Asmar Abdur 
Rahim, said. “We’re encouraged by God to 
not let our differences separate us.” 

Keele shares this sentiment and said that 
the violence and harassment that Jews are 
currently facing is even more troubling than 


the discrimination that Muslims are facing. 

“It’s easy to understand why Americans are 
afraid of Muslims after 9/11 and the rise of 
groups like Daesh, but Americans have never 
really had this sort of prejudice against Jews,” 
Keele said. “This is the best example of the fact 
that the source of this is political. The situation 
is worsening all around; there is a major white 
supremacist movement in this country. Muslims 
are targeted by policies, but we all should be 
worried about the rhetoric that targets Jews as 
well.” 

Some people oppose the presence of a 
Muslim community in Natchitoches. Keele 
mentioned a time when someone left a 
“nasty” letter in the Islamic Center’s mailbox. 
However, Keele said that there also people who 
are supportive. For instance, someone also left 
a poster that rejected Islamophobia. 

“People get comfortable with 
commonalities and are afraid of the unknown,” 
Abdullah said. “Once we really get to know 
each other, we won’t have room for racism, 
segregation and discrimination. We all share 
the same human soul.” 






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sports 


Fans witness Demon basketball history 



Zeek Woodley made history on March 4 with a career points total of 2,033, the most of any men’s basketball player in 
NSU’s history. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


SHAY POWELL 

Contributing Reporter 

O n Feb. 4, the Demons lost to Stephen 
F. Austin in a battle during overtime; 
the Demons lost by the hairs on their 


chin with a score of 73-75 . 

Iziahiah Sweeney led the team, scoring 20 
points, and Devonte Hall wasn’t far behind 
with 17 points. 

The Demons redeemed themselves in 
their rematch against the Lumberjacks on 


March 2, coming out with a win and stopping 
SFA’s 45-game winning streak over the span 
of five years. Devonte Hall played another 
exceptional 16-point game with Sabri 
Thompson also scoring 12 of the Demon’s 
72 points. 


The Demons faced the University of 
Central Arkansas on March 4 and gained 
another win with major help from senior guard 
Zeek Woodley, who scored 25 points, and 
sophomore forward Ishmael Lane, who scored 
20 points. 

The game against UCA took an unexpected 
turn when senior guard Sabri Thompson 
suffered a dislocated ankle three minutes 
into the final half. Despite this, the Demons 
finished the game strong with a 97-83 win. 

With his groundbreaking performance on 
Senior Night, Woodley would be the player to 
remember, however. Two and a half minutes 
into the first quarter, Woodley made history. 

The previous week, Woodley was 54 
points away from breaking a record that had 
not been broken for 40 years. Woodley scored 
28 points against UNO on Feb. 25, and with 
the 24 points scored against SFA on March 
2, Woodley only had to make a single shot 
on Saturday against UCA to break the record 
for the most career points in NSU men’s 
basketball history. 

He didn’t simply make the shot; Woodley, 
with the assist from Sabri Thompson, dunked 
his way into NSU fame. His career points total 
2,033. 

With three consecutive wins, the Demons 
have secured themselves a spot in the 
Southland Conference Tournament taking 
place March 8 to March 12 in Katy, Texas. 


Baylor to play Lady Demons in home opener Wednesday 


MATT VINES 

Assistant Director of 
Communication 

NATCHITOCHES - Playing three 
games against top- 10 opponents this season. 
Northwestern State knows what it’s like to step 
into an opposing stadium with every facet going 
against them. 

The Lady Demons (9-11-1) will experience 
the other side Wednesday when it welcomes 
No. 1 5 Baylor ( 1 8-4) to Lady Demon Diamond 
for a 5 p.m. doubleheader. 

These Bears will be the third ranked team 
to visit Natchitoches in the Donald Pickett era 
after then-No. 9 Baylor won two games in 20 1 5 
and then-No. 24 LSU escaped with a 5-3 win 
in 2014. 

“It’s definitely good to play at home, 
whether it’s against a ranked team or not,” said 
Pickett, whose team will play at home for the 
first time this season after playing 2 1 games on 
the road. “It’s the comfort of it, knowing your 
surroundings and knowing the crowd is on your 
side. 

“Any time you can make kids more 
comfortable in their environment, the better 
shot you have at playing well and having a 
chance to win the game.” 

Baylor coach Glenn Moore won’t be totally 
uncomfortable in Natchitoches. Moore played 
football and coached softball at Northwestern 


State, using his experience as afastpitch softball 
player back in his native Mississippi to aid the 
Lady Demons and start his softball coaching 
career. 

Moore, who’s appeared in three Women’s 
College World Series and 1 3 NCAARegionals 
in his 18 overall seasons in Division I, married 
Campti native Janice Miller, who set NSU’s 
high jump record that stood for more than a 
decade. 

Former NSU softball coach Rickey 
McCalister, the program’s all-time winningest 
coach who hired Moore and will throw out the 
first pitch Wednesday, remembers Moore as 
a soft-spoken student who developed into a 
respected leader as ahead coach. 

“Glenn and Steve Pezant lived in [Prather 
Coliseum], and they started by helping to 
watch the softball held when we weren’t 
there,” said McCalister, who won 245 games 
in eight seasons. “Then Glenn wanted to help 
coach. 

“He played fastpitch softball in high 
school, and he was great to have around 
because he could throw batting practice. 
Glenn always had the knowledge, and he was a 
mild-mannered Christian guy as a student. He 
was a loyal assistant coach as a student ( 1990- 
93), and he related well with the kids, who 
would have been his peers at the time. Once 
he became a head coach at William Carey and 
later an LSU assistant, he started to assert 
himself and took charge.” 


Pickett has played Moore’s Baylor team 
10 times at NSU, including twice in 2016. 
NSU lost a sixth-inning lead in a 4-3 defeat 
in Waco, Texas, and four of those 10 games 
were decided by three runs or fewer. 

“Glenn’s ties to NSU are big, and he has 
roots here with his wife and friends in the 
community,” Pickett said about factors in 
attracting a ranked team to Natchitoches. 
“The upgrades to our facility has helped, too. 

“Hopefully we’ll continue this 
relationship with Glenn and Baylor. With him 
open to making return trips here, that’s huge 
for us. The community does some things for 
them when they come in, so it’s a win-win for 
everybody.” 

Since NSU’s softball record book tracked 
rankings in 2005, the Lady Demons are 0-45 
against ranked opponents. The Lady Demons 
did beat receiving votes Mississippi State this 
past season, one of three wins against Power 
Five opponents (Oklahoma State in 201 6 and 
Maryland this season). 

This season, NSU tied then-No. 1 Florida 
in the sixth inning (9-3 loss) before trailing 
just 1-0 to defending national champion and 
No. 9 Oklahoma into the sixth this season. 
Florida also won 10-0. 

Senior Brittney Jones would love to put 
NSU into the win column in front of the home 
crowd. 

“It would satisfy us greatly, and it can 
show that we can be on the same field as these 


teams,” said Jones, who is second all-time 
at NSU in slugging percentage and third 
in walks. “Some people sometimes neglect 
to feel that way. To get a win would show 
everybody we belong on the field. 

“Having our atmosphere will be big 
instead of having to play in front of their fans 
with their cheers. Having played [Florida and 
Oklahoma] close will help our confidence, 
and we need a win in a game like this so 
everybody will go up to that next level.” 

Hitting one spot ahead of Jones in the 
lineup, senior Kellye Kincannon will elevate 
NSU’s record books to the next level. 

The Lake Jackson native broke NSU’s 
career total bases mark this past weekend and 
now has 382. Kincannon is tied with former 
teammate Cassandra Barefield with 161 
RBIs after currently holding NSU’s career 
records in slugging percentage (.733) with 
batting average, runs scored and home runs 
in reach this season. 

Fellow senior Micayla Sorosiak has had 
the best season as she leads the team with a 
.389 batting average, 13 runs scored and is 
second with four home runs and 1 6 RBIs. 

“It’s huge to play at home in front of our 
fans,” Sorosiak said. “It’s amazing to have 
those big teams come to us instead of us 
having to go to them. 

“It would mean so much for us to get a 
win, and we can do it. We have the fight to 
do it.” 




opinions 


7 


What’s wrong with this newspaper? 



Students voice 
frustrations with 
The Current Sauce 


JACOB BENNETT 

Contributing Reporter 

A couple weeks ago. The Current 
Sauce published a news article 
covering the closing of a 
historic club here in Natchitoches that 
college students have hung out at for 
decades, the Student Body. The facts 
were straight, the grammar was up to 
par— so why was the article met with such 
hostility? 

Not long after the paper was released, 
two tweets were sent out by students 
of Northwestern critiquing the paper’s 
coverage. 


“The Body was the lifeblood of 
nightlife at NSU for 30+ years,” one 
student said. “It deserves abetter article 
than this.” 

The other student stated bluntly: “The 
Current Sauce is a joke.” 

Newspapers everywhere get a 
fair share of criticism, whether it’s a 
newspaper being blasted as “fake news” 
by a Certain Someone or receiving direct 
and inevitable hate mail. Given that fact, 
it’d be easy to brush this off as part of the 
job. But given that our paper is made by 
students, for students, it would be unwise 
to dismiss their opinions here. 

I’ll quit beating around the bush: What 
if these students actually have a point? 

When I was a freshman, I read the 
university’s newspaper every week 
like any good nerd. I recall reading the 
opinions section of the paper and noticing 
an undeniable bias that was as pro-liberal 
as it was anti- anything conservative, 
even sometimes containing language I 
considered offensive towards small-town 
culture. Some of my buddies shared that 
perception, so in response to it, I wrote 
a cute little anonymous article venting 
my frustration at Twitter jokes making 
fun of people of who wear camouflage. I 
was attempting to add a different point of 
view to the mix, but nevertheless, the bias 
remained (as did the Twitter jokes). 

The paper’s tendency to lean liberal is 
not the only bias people are getting tired 


of, however. 

“They have screwed over Greek 
life a few too many times for me to like 
them,” one NSU Greek student told 
me, regarding The Current Sauce. “I 
understand they have to have a story, but 
they don’t even attempt to get the entire 
story sometimes. They just write what 
they think happens.” 

That same student had a problem 
with the Body article as well: “Where’s 
the bartenders’ interviews? Where’s 
the story about the closing and the 
renovating and it actually doing well until 
the owner died? It was like the article 
was an afterthought to spread space in 
the paper and not a lot of thought or 
heart went into it.” 

As someone who regularly writes for 
the Sauce, I’m not about to sit back and 
call the paper “a joke.” But it’s hard to 
argue with some of the genuine gripes my 
fellow NSU Demons have pointed out. 

I can’t speak on behalf of the person 
who wrote that article on the Body’s 
closing, and I’m not claiming to be a 
top-notch reporter myself. But for this 
paper to work as it’s supposed to, we 
need a broader, more diverse range 
of contributors, from all religions, 
organizations and political leanings. Give 
us your opinions. Come to us directly 
with your criticisms. If you truly want 
The Current Sauce to be better, by all 
means, help us make it better. 


Letter from the editor: 

ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

The Current Sauce Editorial Board 
has noticed a lack of representation 
from different student groups in our 
newsroom. We are going to change that, 
but we need your help. 

First and foremost. The Current 
Sauce is a paper by the students, for 
the students. We may report stories 
every week, but it is you who drives the 
conversation. 

After all, this is your paper, and 
part of your student fees are allocated 
for student media. We challenge you 
to take owernship, simply by telling us 
your story ideas, offering your input and 
letting us know when you think we get 
it wrong. 

One of the complaints we’ve 
recieved is a lack of a conservative 
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Gaming console review: Nintendo Switch 



Graphic from Creative Commons 


ANTHONY RENTERIA 

Contributing Reporter 

The Switch is Nintendo’s brand new 
console that doubles as a home and portable 
video game console. Having only released last 
week, gamers are excited to see what Nintendo 
has in store. I am a big fan of Nintendo games, 
and I want to see them do much better with 
this new console than the Wii U. To some 
degree, it seems like that is happening, but 
there are a few problems I want to see ironed 
out. 

For starters, I like a few of the business 
practices Nintendo has implemented. I like the 
lineup of exclusives that Nintendo has. With 
titles such as Splatoon 2, the sequel to the Ink 
shooting game on the Wii U, a new fighting 
game called ARMS, Super Mario Odyssey, 

Fire Emblem Warriors and an improved port 
of Mario Kart 8, you got a handful of quality 
titles from the publisher in just the first year. 

I also like that Nintendo has finally done 
away with locking products from different 
regions, also known as region locking. You 
can now play imported Switch games, and you 
can access the e-shop from different regions. 


This is a good thing since there were certain 
titles on the Wii U, like the HD Remakes of 
Yakuza 1 and 2, that weren’t available for 
purchase in the U.S. and were exclusive to a 
certain region. 

When Nintendo announced that you would 
have to pay for online services, I was fearful, 
but it’s cheaper than its rivals and you get free 
virtual console games you can download to 
your system each month. I am also excited for 
a few of the third-party titles exclusive to the 
Switch, like new iterations of the Shin Megami 
Tensei series and No More Heroes series. 

Both series haven’t received a console release 
in a long time, so it’ll be exciting to see what 
they come up with. 

Third-party support does sound great, but 
it does raise some questions. While Nintendo 
does have a lot of game developers making 
titles for the system, some of them are still up 
in the air. Bethesdahas announced that they 
are bringing Skyrim to the Switch, an old title 
that is dirt cheap on PC and also available 
on PS4 and Xbox One, with more features 
including community mods and potentially 
charging you $ 60 . 

It’s also strange that the console has only 
32 GB of hard drive space. You can buy an 


SD card to have more space on the console, 
but it’s very inconvenient to buy extra storage 
space. There’s also the fact that games are 
increasing in size. For example, last year’s 
Doom by id Software needs about 45 GB 
of storage, which is already bigger than the 
Switch’s hard drive. 

I was able to go to a launch event at a 
GameStop and got hands-on experience with 
the new Fegend of Zelda game: Breath of the 
Wild. I kept my eyes on this game for awhile, 
and from what I played, I really enjoyed it. 

Breath of the Wild is one of the best in the 
open-world genre. It is the best iteration in 
the series, and I think it was worth the hype. 
This is one game I think you don’t want to 


miss if you are getting the new console, but if 
you aren’t up for purchasing a Switch at the 
moment, the game is also available for Wii U. 

Overall, I want the Switch to succeed, but 
there are some setbacks that leave me worried 
about the future of the console. 

The titles are great, there’s no more 
region locking and the online is cheaper 
than the competition. But some third-party 
support is lacking, and it has a small hard 
drive. It also has one of the best launch 
titles I’ve seen in a long while. I want to see 
Nintendo return to the glory days back when 
Nintendo meant quality, and I think the 
Switch is on the right path to put Nintendo 
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Tentative timeline for 
NSU Presidential Search 

March 23 

Preferred date for nominations/ 
applications 

March 27 

Committee to receive list of 
candidates 

April 3 

Committee meets in Baton 
Rouge to review applicant 
materials and to select 
semifinalists 

April 24-26 

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occur 

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What does does being 'student-focused' mean for the candidates of the NSU presidency? 



The Northwestern Search Committee held a forum Thursday to seek input from the university and its affiliates about 
what qualities they would like the new president to have. From left are UL System President Dr. Jim Henderson, UL 
System Board Chair Alejandro Perkins and search committee members Winfred Sibille, Lola Dunahoe and Antonio 
Torres. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 


search won’t 
campus until 


T he presidential 
return to NSU’s 
April 24-26, when the final 
applicants chosen by the Northwestern 
Search Committee will participate in on- 
campus interviews open to the public. 

In a public forum on March 9 
at 1:30 p.m., the search committee 
gathered input from students, faculty 
and members of the community. 

Of course, not all students and 
faculty could attend the event due to 
conflicting course schedules or other 
obligations. 

In less than a month, on April 3, 
the search committee will meet in 
Baton Rouge to review applicant materials 
and to select semifmalists. Because time is 
running out for students to offer their input, 
the Current Sauce asked NSU students via 
social media what their desired qualifications 
are for our next university president. 

Some students said one of their top 
concerns was that the president should be 
progress-minded. 

“With Dr. Henderson leaving, my main 
concern is that things will go back to being 
stagnant,” senior Scholars’ student Chelsea 
Thibodeaux said on the Northwestern 
Student Concerns Facebook page. “The 
last year and a half, this university had life 
breathed back into it with changes and 


projects that got students excited and 
involved. I’m hoping for a president that 
won’t submit to the desires of old alumni 
and Natchitoches’ influential people but 
continues the progress that Dr. Henderson 
started.” 

Another student who responded on 
Student Concerns, Savanna Nicole Whitten, 
said that she wants to see the next president 


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Almost every college or university in 
the country uses words like "student- 
centered’ and "student-focused,’ but 
it’s different when you see that in 
action. 


- Dr. Jim Henderson 




develop the university using the motto 
“Dedicated to one goal. Yours.” The motto 
was crafted by Henderson and University 
Branding and Marketing. 

Henderson said the search committee 
is looking for a candidate who is student- 
focused. 

“Providing a great experience and 
providing a deep connection to students is 
absolutely vital,” Henderson said. 

Being student-focused is a necessary 
qualification simply because universities 
exist for the education of students. 

Henderson elaborated on what student- 
focused means to the search committee. 

“Almost every college or university in the 


country uses words like ‘student-centered,’ 
‘student-focused,’ but it’s different when 
you see that in action,” Henderson said. “I 
think that [the Search Committee] got a taste 
of what a student-focused university looks 
like [at the public forum on March 9.] That’s 
not to say that Northwestern is perfect in that 
regard, by any stretch of the imagination... 
But I do think that there’s been some — a 
great a deal of progress, and it starts 
with the development of that slogan 
that [was] mentioned on Facebook: 
‘Dedicated to one goal. Yours.’” 

Henderson added that anybody 
can memorize the rhetoric, but what 
he’s looking for in a cadidate is a track 
record that matches the rhetoric. 

As SGA President and anon-voting 
member of the Search Committe, John 
Pearce listens to and relays student 
input about the presidential search to the 
committee. He encourages students to 
contact him by phone, email or by visiting 
him at his office in Room 100 of the Student 
Union. His phone number and email address 
are posted on his office window. 

To submit comments to the search 
committee, email NSUpresidentialsearch@ 
la.gov. Information about the search 
is available at www.ulsystem.edu/ 
northwesternsearch. 

Students can contact the Current 
Sauce with their input via social media or at 
thecurrentsauce@gmail.com. Keep an eye 
out for future Current Sauce articles as the 
presidential search progresses. 




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English department 
hosts first LitCon 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

C osplay is coming to Natchitoches 
on March 21 as part of the first ever 
LitCon hosted by NSU’s Department 
of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural 
Studies. LitCon will start at 9 a.m. in Hanchey 
Gallery and continue throughout the day, 
leading up to the annual Spring Read in the 
evening. 

LitCon follows the same idea as Comic- 
Con events and can be described as a literary 
convention where people gather to view, 
explore and discuss all kinds of literature and 
other topics surrounding it. 

Among the activities is a literary character 
cosplay contest, an idea that NSU English 
Instructor Oona Zbitkovskis said she brought 
to the table when creating the event. 

“I love the idea of that laid-back feel where 
people can really enjoy something, and you get 
to see all the nuances that connect,” she said. 
“I want [LitCon] to feel like a community. . . and 
sometimes it’s fun to just let yourself go.” 

While cosplaying is not mandatory, 
Zbitkovskis said it’s great for everyone to have 
the opportunity to be around other people and 
know you’re not alone while putting yourself 
out there. 

“[Cosplay] is very serious; it’s your passion 


expressed and seen visually,” Zbitkovskis said. 

NSU Instructor Ramsey Prince agreed that 
cosplay is important to the event and as a form 
of self-expression. 

“It’s a natural off-shoot that we [as a 
department] should create art, and cosplay is 
art,” Prince said. “We are a university town, 
and wherever there is a university, there is a big 
population that’s into cosplay. We’re nerds, 
and that’s just what we do. ” 

Zbitkovskis added that her goal for LitCon 
is to collaborate and incorporate the humanities 
and the arts with other areas of studies. 

“What I wanted to do with this was... show 
how all the humanities and arts work together,” 
she said. “Often times, we get so caught up in 
our little islands that we end up having these 
cliques [between disciplines], but there’s so 
much we can learn and benefit from each other. ” 

Authors including John Kemp and Annabel 
Jones will attend the event and participate 
in Q&A sessions. Some of LitCon’s guests 
also include representatives from the English 
department who will discuss film criticism and 
academic writing and artists, illustrators and 
graphic designers who will share their works. 

Students, faculty and the Natchitoches 
community are encouraged to attend, even if 
they are stepping in and out of sessions. 

For more information about LitCon, contact 
Oona Zbitkovskis at oonaz@nsula.edu. 


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New video and 


photo production lab opens 



Professor Hyams lectures in his COMM 3510 class using the flat screen TV in the 
new production lab. Photo by Steven Sheerin 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Reporter 

A studio lab for film animation, media 
studies and video production was recently 
created under the instruction of Associate 
Professor of Art Collier Hyams, who was 
originally hired in 2016 to build a new 
media program. 

Hyams said the original plan was to 
have a 4K display so the TV and computers 
will endure for many years rather than just 
one. Video and music editing software is 
available on all of the computers in this new 
lab. 

“The students will be able to have their 
own editing and work area with the green 
wall and the other equipment that is being 
put to use,” David Antilley, manager and 
executive director of NSU TV, said. 

With a year of planning and months of 
reconstruction, the room was completed 
shortly after the spring semester began and 
is equipped with a green screen wall made 
for video recording. 

The other walls are 18 percent 
nonreflective photo gray walls used for 
picture quality, and the ceiling is painted 
flat black so it doesn’t reflect or interfere 


with videos or photos. Lighting in the room 
is white balanced for 4K cameras, and 
computers all have 5K displays. 

“We’re trying to future-proof the room 
as much as possible,” Hyams said. 

With an hour and a half for class, Hyams 


said it’s difficult to go back and forth 
between classrooms and studios. 

“It’s an area where students can work 
on projects for multipurpose use, and it’s 
something that we haven’t had in the past,” 
Antilley said. 




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SGA Meeting 

March 13 

Covered by Jordan Reich 


- SGA President John Pearce reported 
that the accreditation team is visiting 
NSU on March 14, 15 and 16. 

- SGA and SAB Intent to Run forms are 
now available on OrgSync and will be 
open until March 1 7. 

- The resolution approved in last week’s 
meeting regarding the Wi-Fi problems 
on campus, R.SP.201 7-02, was 
delivered to the housing department, 
Dean of Students Frances Conine and 
Acting President Dr. Chris Maggio. 

- The Center for Inclusion and Diversity 
and SGA will host guest speaker Odell 
Bizzell on Wednesday, March 15 from 

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 107 of Russell 
Hall. 

- SGA approved two bills at the meeting: 
SB.SP. 17-01 allocates $20,000 from 
ORF to the SGA Treasury to grant to 
student organizations that apply. The 
amount can be up to $5,000 once per 
year. SB.SP. 1 7-02 reduces the number 
of SGA senators from 36 to 25 and 
will take effect in spring 20 1 8. Now 
approved by the SGA Senate, the student 
body will have to vote on the bill. 

- SGA Senator Jacob Ellis said he is in 
total agreement with SB.SP. 1 7-02, 
stating that it will make it easier for SGA 
to reach quorum and pass bills. 

- The Auxiliary Services Committee 
met last Tuesday and discussed several 
topics. Ellis reported that the committee 
considered the opening of a cafe on 

the Shreveport campus, discussed the 
possibility of a wider variety of apparel 
and merchandise in the bookstore (like 
Scholars’ College apparel, for example) 
and technology updates in the post 
office. 

- SGA Senator Bailey Pierce suggested 
information about the Quality 
Enhancement Plan (QEP) should be 
widely available to students. In response, 
Pearce said he will post the QEP website 
in the Student Concerns page as well as 
in Student Messenger. “We should be as 
transparent and accessible as possible,” 
Pearce said. 









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of color were murdered in February 2017. Photo by Caleb Howell 


FMLA to host political climate panel 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

NSU’s Feminist Majority Leadership 
Alliance is hosting a panel to talk about issues 
dealing with the current social climate. 

FMLA became a recognized student 
organization in 2014 with the purpose of 
celebrating feminism. The organization defines 
feminism as the belief in political, social and 
economic equality for all people. 

FMLA President Meg Denny encourages 
all students to come to the panel and 
participate in the open forum. 


“It’s impossible in 2017 to participate in 
academics without acknowledging current 
events,” Denny said. “This panel exists to 
help us work through, not around, the chaotic 
political climate that bombards us daily.” 

Students and faculty will present at the 
panel, serving as an open platform to discuss 
resistance towards potentially rising fascism in 
the United States. 

With the Trump administration settling 
in, new legislation is taking a hard right turn 
from the Obama administration, a change that 
some welcome with open arms and evokes 
fear in others. The panel is a way to open up 


a dialogue and encourage students to discuss 
their questions, fears and opinions. 

The panel is on Wednesday, March 15 
at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 
Panelists include Airrol Angelle, Pearlie Jones, 
Laura Guzman and Professor of English Dr. 
Holly Stave. 

“One of my fears is that due to political and 
social pressure, I will feel forced to live my life 
in shame of being an immigrant rather than in 
celebration of the label,” Guzman, one of the 
panelists, said. “I chose to be a panelist because 
I hope to remind humans of the love and not the 
weapons that we need to survive this war.” 


NSU to present International Student Festival 


ASHLEY FRENCH 

KNWD Reporter 

Students and faculty will collaborate to host 
NSU’s first International Student Festival. The 
event originally began as a community event on 
Front Street to celebrate different cultures, and 
it has grown to include hundreds of participants. 

Hospitality Management and Tourism 
Professor Dr. Lynn Woods has participated in 
the International Festival every year since 1998 
and is coordinating this year’s festival, taking 


place Tuesday, March 21 from 11. a.m. to 
1 :30 p.m. between A. A. Fredericks and Magale 
Recital Hall. 

“We will have tons of activities ranging from 
food, culture booths and dance performances,” 
Woods said. “It’s a great experience for the 
students, giving us awareness and knowledge 
on different cultures, especially during this 
time where immigration is a huge topic.” 

Graduate Assistant for the International 
Student Resource Center Vivian Pedroza 
has participated in the event before and said 


student and faculty participation in this year’s 
festival will make it unique. 

“It is culturally enriching, both for the 
students and faculty,” Pedroza said. “Putting 
this festival together. . . is very exciting.” 

Colombian student Nestor Mercado- Garcia 
plans to introduce different styles of Colombian 
music to attendees with his ensemble, Larry’s 
Group. 

“We as Colombians are going to play our 
music... in the salsa style, also ranging with 
reggae, jazz and rap,” Mercado-Garcia said. 





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NSU hosts first Spanish film festival 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

The Department of English, Foreign 
Languages and Cultural Studies is hosting 
NSU’s first Spanish language film festival in 
conjunction with the Student Film Society 
and the Foreign Language Resource 
Center. 

This event is made possible by a grant 
sponsored by Pragda Films, Ministry of 
Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, 
and SPAIN Arts and Culture. The funds 
from this grant are used to make it possible 
for American students to see Spanish 
language films that were not released in 
theaters in the United States. 

“We offer a Spanish minor here at 
NSU, have a film studies program and 
a partnership with the University of 
Colombia, so I thought this would be an 
interesting way to bring these groups 
together,” author of the grant. Dr. Allison 
Rittmayer, said. 

Six films will be shown at the festival 
over the course of five days. 

“There will be something for everyone,” 
Rittmayer said. “We’re showing a dark 


comedy with horror elements, a political 
action thriller, a documentary, a serious 
drama and two animated films. Also, all of 
the films will be subtitled.” 

There will be a Q&A session with the 
director of “Pequenas Mentiras Piadosas” 
(“The Travel Agent”) on March 16 
following the fdm and with the director 
of “Three Bellezas” (“Three Beauties”) 
on March 17, also following the fdm. 
International student from France Marion 
Cormier is excited for the fdm festival. 

“I want to be an interpreter, so this is 
my first real taste of what my job will be 
like,” Cormier said. “I’m nervous, but also 
very excited.” 

The event takes place March 15-19. On 
the 15-17, the event will start at 5 p.m. On ' 
Saturday, March 18, there are screenings I 
at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sunday, 1 
March 19, there are screenings at 12 p.m., ■ 

3 p.m. and 5 p.m. j 

Every screening is located in the j 
President’s Room in the Student Union, 'j 
except for the screening of “El Club” (“The 
(dub”) on Thursday, March 16, which is 
located in the Cane River Room. The event 
is free, and all are welcome to attend. 



A day in the life of the SGA President 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

John Pearce is N SU’ s Student Government 
Association President for the 2016-2017 
school year, and he is nearing the end of his 
term. Looking back on his presidency, Pearce 
explained what the experience has been like 
for him. 

When asked how he has managed being 
both a student and a leader, his response was 
a very humbling one: barely. 

“There are some days that I just feel 
really drained at the end of the day,” Pearce 
said. “Especially this last week where on 
Thursday I had six meetings, two midterms 
and homework that had me up until 2 a.m. 
Then, I had to be up on Friday to speak at a 
breakfast at 8 a.m. and attempted to get some 
homework in before my meeting at 1 2 p.m. ” 

He credits those around him for helping 
him stay on top of his hectic schedule. 

“It has all come down to my professors 
being forgiving for me being late on 
something and our adviser nudging me to say, 
‘do not forget this,”’ Pearce said. 

As president, Pearce has had to learn 


his own style of managing the SGA office. 
At first, he tried to do everything, but soon 
learned that delegating work does not make 
anyone less of a leader. 

When he needs to be in two places at 
once. Vice President Tre Nelson is often sent 
in his place. Pearce also tries to give cabinet 
members more experience by giving them 
assignments when their departments are 
slow. 

Pearce is not new to juggling his school 
work and extracurriculars. In his time at NSU, 
he has served as a Freshmen Connector and a 
Demon YIP, held several positions within his 
fraternity, PIKE, is in Order of Omega and 
Alpha Lambda Delta and previously served 
as a senator in SGA. After his undergraduate 
career at NSU is completed, he hopes to 
attend LSU Law School in the fall. 

“The best thing I have gotten from this 
experience is definitely the networking,” 
Pearce said. “I was casually talking to Gerald 
Long the other day, and he is the President 
Pro Temp of the Senate.” 

“The first time I ever flew was going to 
D.C. [for a conference],” Pearce said. “Now I 
knowhow to balance a million dollar budget. ” 


NSU Theatre: Hedda Gabler 



Scarlett Saizan (left) and Jay Canova perform in NSU’s production of 
Hedda Gabler. The play opened in A. A. Fredericks on March 8 and closes 
after the 7:30 p.m. show on March 18. Call the CAPA office at 318-357-4522 
to reserve tickets. Photo by Valentina Perez 






arts & Living 



MOONLIGHT 

AND 

GLOW STICKS 

The Current Sauce covers BUKU 2017 


ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

W hile the serene Mississippi River 
reflected the light of a full moon, 
hula hoopers wearing fishnets and 
neon leotards abandoned themselves to the 
EDM buzzing throughout the festival grounds. 

Like previous years, the sixth annual BUKU 
Music + Art Project on March 10 and 1 1 was 
located on the Mississippi Riverfront of Mardi 
Gras World and included a music festival 
featuring indie, EDM and hip hop artists. 

While the full moon looked down upon the 
BUKU crowd in all of its neon glow stick glory 
on the first night of the festival, crazy things 
began to happen. 

The New Orleans Fire Department received 
a call at 10:14 p.m. that a festival goer had 
jumped into the river, according to a report 
from the Advocate. The man, who is now in 
stable condition, was found clinging to a piling 
underneath the wharf as BUKU continued 
directly above. While the New Orleans EMS 
and police rescued and then detained the man, 
the crowd was going wild for headliner Travis 
Scott who was performing on the main stage 


right next to the river. 

NSU Student Tommy Remson, who 
attended BUKU for his third time this year, 
described Travis Scott’s performance as one 
of his favorite BUKU moments from this year. 
Like the rest of the crowd at the time, he wasn’t 
aware of the incident happening right next to 
him in the river. 

“Travis Scott handed a guy in the crowd his 
microphone to finish his rap. He killed it, and 
then proceeded to stage dive into the crowd,” 
Remson said. “After the stage dive, Travis Scott 
stopped his show to bring him back on stage 
and said he loved him so much, he was going to 
fly him out to his birthday party in Los Angeles, 
all expenses covered. Imagine being that guy.” 

Or, imagine being the guy who was arrested 
after jumping into the Mississippi River. 

As the night grew later, the energy became 
even more palpable. As festival goers migrated 
between the six BUKU stages, groups of 
spectators formed around street musicians, 
acrobatic troupes, break dancers and 
performance artists, one of whom showcased 
her talent for swallowing LED lightsabers. If 
this was just the first night of the festival, what 
would the second night hold? 


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Malik Metoyer last played with the Demons on Dec. 19, 2016. The sophomore 
averaged 14.4 minutes per game prior to his injury. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


Injuries plague men’s basketball 


SHAY POWELL 

Contributing Reporter 

M alik Metoyer, sophomore guard, 
tore his ACL, meniscus and LCL all 
in one workout three months ago. 
Before this major setback, Metoyer averaged 
4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. 

It was difficult for Metoyer to watch 
teammates battle on the court knowing he could 
be out there making a difference. 

“I feel that I wasn’t even supposed to go to 
the school and work out,” Metoyer said. “I let 
my team down. I feel that I was supposed to be 
the man to get my team over that hump.” 

Northwestern State’s men’s basketball team 
had a rocky season filled with injuries, losing 
Metoyer for the spring 2017 season, also 
losing Zeek Woodley for the majority. Josh 


Boyd temporarily and Sabri Thompson in the 
last game. 

The Demons were 13-16 overall and 7-11 
in Southland, which should have landed them 
a spot in the conference tournament. Ishmael 
Lane and Sabri Thompson discussed why they 
were kicked out of the tournament. 

If they won three consecutive games, 
which they did, they would compete in the 
conference. The Demons beat Southland 
champion UNO, runner-up Stephen F. Austin 
and, most recently, secured a victory against 
Central Arkansas on Saturday, March 4. 

The Demons did not advance to the 
conference tournament due to a five-way 
tiebreaker between teams that were 7-11, 
including tournament ineligible s Incarnate 
Word and Abilene Christian. NSU was 3-1 
against the two eligible teams in the tie, UCA 
and Nicholls. 



March 8-14 
Scores 


Women’s Basketball 

3/9 LOSS vs Texas A&M 

46-57 

Softball 

3/8 LOSS vs. Baylor 

1-3 

3/8 LOSS vs. Baylor 

0-5 

3/10 LOSS at Lamar 

1-5 

3/10 LOSS at Lamar 

4-5 

3/12 LOSS at Lamar 

2-3 

Baseball 

3/8 LOSS at Kansas State 

9-19 

3/10 WIN vs. Nicholls 

8-5 

3/11 LOSS vs. Nicholls 

1-9 

3/12 LOSS vs. Nicholls 

4-8 

Women’s Tennis 

3/ 12 WIN vs. Nicholls 

7-0 

3/13 LOSS vs. McNeese State 

2-3 


March 15-21 
Schedule 


Softball 

3/ 15 vs LA Tech 6 p.m. 

3/ 1 7 vs Abilene Christian 5 p.m. 

3/ 1 8 vs Abilene Christian 12 p.m. 

3/ 1 8 vs Abilene Christian 2 p.m. 

Baseball 

3/1 7 at Oklahoma State 6 p.m. 

3/1 8 at Oklahoma State 4 p.m. 

3/1 9 at Oklahoma State 1 p.m. 

Women's Tennis 

3/ 1 8 at Southeastern LA 1 1 a.m. 

3/19 at UNO 11a.m. 


Women's and Men's Track 

3/ 1 5 at Jim Mize Invitational 
3/ 1 7 at TCU Invitational 
3/ 1 8 at TCU Invitational 




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Cheerleading is a sport, people 



Sarah Gandy cheers at a pep rally in 2015. 


SARAH GANDY 

NSU Alumna 

O ne thing I have learned from 

cheerleading for most of my life 
is that it is more than just a fun 
extracurricular activity. 

Starting even before the junior high 
level, many hours of private tumbling classes 
are necessary to meet the requirements for 
most sideline cheer squad tryouts. Not only 
is the tumbling difficult, but memorizing 
many cheers, chants, band dances and stunts 
to perform at games, pep-rallies, etc. are 
necessary for a cheerleader at any level. 

Sideline cheer is just one outlet of 
cheerleading. Another considerably more 
difficult and time-consuming outlet of 
cheerleading is competitive cheer. This 
type combines tumbling, dancing, crowd- 
engagement and stunts. Countless practices 
are required to learn and perfect a routine that 
lasts typically less than three minutes. 

To put it into perspective, competitive 
cheer is extremely similar to a travel baseball/ 
softball team — it requires a lot of commitment 
Photo by Ashley Wolf from both the participants and their families. 


Sideline cheer at the collegiate level 
is yet another cheerleading outlet that is 
more like a sport than just an activity for 
enjoyment. The common co-ed feature of 
collegiate cheerleading programs changes 
the team dynamic entirely. One of the biggest 
challenges is related to the changes in 
stunting. 

On an all-girl squad, stunting requires 
usually four people, but on co-ed squads, 
“partner stunting” is incorporated. This type 
of stunting is considerably different than 
“squad stunting,” so this is just another new 
skill that must be learned before trying out at 
the collegiate level. 

A major argument against cheerleading 
being considered a sport is that it isn’t 
very serious or difficult. And although 
cheerleading may not be as demanding as 
some sports, there are obviously still many 
athletic aspects involved. 

I do have to agree that sideline 
cheerleading alone isn’t the most strenuous 
thing in the world, but there are still many 
aspects that are by no means easy. The 
great thing about cheerleading is that it can 
be the perfect balance between sport and 
recreational activity. 


Beating cancer with 1 donation 


ASHLYN VITTE 

Student submission 

Anyone that knows me knows I can’t keep 
still for very long. Somehow, last February, I 
managed to keep still for over eight hours while 
I donated 12 pints of peripheral blood stem 
cells (PBSC). 

The whole process seemed to happen so 
quickly. The fall semester of my freshman 
year, one of my teammates asked if I would go 
get my cheek swabbed by the Be the Match 
Foundation while they were at our school. I 
figured, “Why not? It couldn’t hurt just to 
swab my cheek.” 

On Dec. 2, 2014, 1 joined the Be the 
Match Registry. I was contacted later that April 
to get some medical history because there 
was a patient that I could possibly match with. 
Sadly, a few weeks later I received an email that 
I was no longer needed in this process. 

Fast forward to Thanksgiving break that 
same year- 1 got a phone call from Be the 
Match saying that there was a strong possibility 
that I could be the match for a patient based 
on my cheek swab. The next step was to set up 
an appointment to get blood work done to see 
exactly how well I matched. 

About a month later, I got a phone call 
letting me know that I was a perfect match 
for this stranger; this 50-year-old man had 
leukemia, and I could choose to help by 
donating bone marrow or stem cells. Most 
people would have taken time on this decision; 
it was the middle of the semester, and it 
wouldn’t be easy. I chose to help because I 
could. 

For as long as I can remember, my 
[grandma] has told me to “offer it up” to 
God any time I was hurting. I was told there 


would be pain and side effects along with the 
procedure, but I was ready to offer it up. 

I took three trips to Houston. First, I had 
more blood work done. On the second trip, I 
was given a set of shots to be administered with 
my friends’ help over the next week to boost 
my white blood cell count. 

The shots caused me to have extreme 
migraines that ended up sending me to the ER; 
I had a CT scan to ensure I was not having a 
brain bleed. Everything checked out, and I was 
sent home with medicine to manage the pain. 

The final trip to Houston was the donation. 
I was hooked up to a machine. The exit line, 
placed in my left arm, transported my blood 
into the machine. My blood then circulated 
through the machine, harvesting my stem cells 
and sending the rest back in through an entry 
line in my right wrist. 

I have never felt so devoted to something 
while at the same time [experiencing] such 
terrible physical pain. Cancer has taken family 
members away from me before. I know the hurt 
and struggle it causes for those who fight. I was 
given the ability to help someone fight, and I 
could not turn it down. 

Many of the Be the Match staff told me how 
it was unreal how perfectly I matched with 
this perfect stranger. Yes, in reality he was a 
stranger, but in my heart, I felt as if I knew him. 
I couldn’t help but realize that this man was 
similar in age to my Pop and my Pappy. There 
was a strong possibility that he was someone’s 
Pop, or someone’s Pappy. I know I couldn’t 
imagine life without either one of them. The 
fact that I could help prolong this man’s life 
and possibly end his fight with cancer made my 
decision really easy. 

I still get updates on my patient 
periodically. He is doing well, and that makes 
my heart happy. 


The feet Speaks 


This is inspiration from the dark side: finding 
inspiration in non-inspirational poetry. 


Listen to them 

SCARLETT A 

Contributing Author 

You are just pretty for a black girl 

You need to listen to that white girl 
who told you to straighten your hair 

Fall into the stereotype pit that 
gobbles all of us up 

Engulf yourself in this misogynistic 
world 

Don’t ever ever overcome that sexist 
representation 

Don’t you dare try to be something 
in this white-washed world 

Don’t overcome oppression 


Don’t be me 

RASA 

Contributing Author 
You don’t want to be me 
I lie, in speech 
My morals, I put aside 
But I take it in stride, because I can 
I dwell in dark places 
Among familiar faces 
You can be better than me 
But you won’t. 






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NSU mourns Sgt. Anderson 


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CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

F lags around campus were half-staff 
as the NSU Police Department 
and the Natchitoches community 
mourned the loss of Sgt. Kerry Anderson. 

On Friday, March 17, Anderson died 
suddenly of a heart attack while on duty. 
He served Northwestern State’s students, 
faculty and staff for more than 20 years. 

The wake for Anderson was on Monday, 
March 20, followed by his funeral on 
Tuesday. 

His end of watch is “unreal” for his 
colleagues who knew Anderson to be a man 
who truly loved his job in law enforcement. 

“He is one of those guys that we always 
joked about he was going to retire and then 
start back working again,” Officer Chase 
Voorhies said. 

Voorhies first met Anderson in January 
2016, when he started at the university, 
and had been on Anderson’s shift since 
May. Each week, they worked 12 hours a 
day, five days a week on shift together. 

As a sergeant, Anderson was 
responsible for making sure officers on 
his shift followed all the policies and 
procedures, and that they were filling 


out reports as well as assisting in calls if 
needed. 

“He lived an honorary life. He has gone 
through his hardships, but he never did let 
them weigh him down,” Voorhies said. “He 
would always just lace his boots back up and 
keep kicking, keep going.” 

Sgt. Kerry was not the type of guy to stand 
still for too long. He lived his life traveling 
across Louisiana whenever he was not at 
work. 

“He was always moving... and he was 
57...” Voorhies said. “You would think he 
was in his 30s still. He just moved, and he just 
did not stop.” 

“He loved his Harley, and he loved to 
ride on motorcycles,” Voorhies said. “When 
he and his wife went out to eat, it was never 
around here. They would run to Shreveport, 
run to Baton Rouge, run to Lake Charles. 
They were always on the road. They loved 
goingand doing.” 

Anderson also loved attending men’s 
basketball games and was very close with 
Coach Mike McConathy. 

“He loves basketball. Every home game, 
he would have Powerade waiting for Coach 
Mike and the players,” Voorhies said. 

His service was not limited to NSU’s 
campus. Previously, he worked in both Sabine 


and Caddo Parish and with the Shreveport 
Police Department. 

Student safety was always his priority. 
He would often keep a lookout for people 
around campus that seemed suspicious and 
would check them out to make sure students 
were safe. After the car robberies in spring 
20 1 6, he ramped up patrol around Kyser and 
Russell Hall, where students often stay late. 

Captain Harrell had known Anderson 
since 2007 and relied on him to run his shift. 

“He would work pretty much anything we 
asked,” Harrell said. “He was very hands-on 
wanting to do stuff.” 

“As a commander of a police department, 
that is what you look for when you’re a 
supervisor. You want somebody that is 
motivated, will do what you ask, [will] make 
sure the community of Northwestern is taken 
care of, and he did that,” Harrell said. 

Most, if not all, NSU police officers 
attended the funeral Tuesday to show their 
respects to their colleague. 

“Any time we lose one of our brothers... 
it’s definitely difficult... he’s not going to be 
easily replaced,” Harrell said. 

The Current Sauce extends our 
condolences to Sgt. Anderson’s family, the 
NSU Police Department and everyone that 
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CIS graduates develop new NSU app 



Graphic by Anna Cowan 


LEAH JACKSON 

NSU Director of Informational 
Services 

Northwestern State University unveiled a 
new mobile app last week that provides access 
to several useful links and services, news and 
events, maps and other features. The app 
is available on iOS and Android platforms. 
Users can use the app to track registration 
and financial aid, listen to KNWD Radio and 
locate available computers in computer labs. 

“There is something in the app for 
everyone - community members, campus 
guests, alumni and prospective students. 
Items include athletics, news and calendar 
events, housing information, interactive 
maps, access to student media and more,” 
said Ron Wright, NSU’s chief information 
officer. 

The free app is compatible with iPhone, 
iPad, Apple Watch and iPod Touch and was 
developed in-house on top of a framework 
provided by Ellucian, software for higher 
education management. 

“This provides us with deep integration 
into Banner and the services that students 
rely on such as registration and access to 
key information such as financial aid status 
and university account balances,” Wright 
said. “Faculty members have access to class 
schedules, rosters and advisee information. 
All employees have access to leave balances. 
The primary design goal was to create an app 
that users could interact with daily to enhance 
their NSU experience.” 

Two additional features are the ability to 
send targeted Push Notifications via the app 
as well as support for beacon technology. 

“Push support will allow us to proactively 
send messages to students informing them 
of items such as holds on their account, 
the availability of grades or registration 


reminders,” Wright said. “Use of these 
notifications will be limited to items of 
importance to the users. Beacons allow us to 
trigger notifications to students based upon 
their proximity to a given location on campus. 

“The technology behind the app allows us 
to push out changes and new features without 
requiring users to download new versions of 
the app. Each time a user opens the app it 
will check for new items and update itself if 
necessary,” Wright said. 

There are additional features already 
in the works including integration with 
online courses so that due dates and other 
course-related information will appear in 
the app. Also coming soon will be the ability 


for students to pay tuition, fees and other 
charges. 

Development of NSU Mobile included 
staff members from across the ITS group. 
The two primary developers were Matthew 
Foshee and Jorge Rodriguez, both graduates 
of NSU’s Computer Information Systems 
program. 

“Their unique insight as former students 
played a key part in the apps overall design 
and feature set,” Wright added. 

“After only four days of availability we 
have seen close to 600 downloads without 
formally promoting its availability. We 
expect to see these numbers increase quickly 
over the next few weeks,” he said. 


SGA Senate passes new legislation 


olice Blotter 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

SGA Speaker of the House Htet Htet 
Rodgers presented two bills to the Student 
Senate for voting on March 13; both were 
passed into legislation. 

Senator s-at-Large Taylor McBroom 
and Antavious Roberson sponsored 
SB. SP.20 17-01 to change how student 
organizations on campus receive money from 
the Organizational Relief Fund (ORF). 

The SGA Grant Program will now take 
$20,000 from the ORF budget each academic 
year. 

RSOs in good standing and university 
departments can apply for up to $5,000 per 
academic year for educational programs, service 
projects and campus improvement projects, 
with priority given to those directly benefiting 
NSU students and the campus. 

Campus improvement projects must 
first be approved by the appropriate 
administrators before consideration for 
funding. Reimbursements will also be available, 
following the same rules. 


Once created, completed applications 
can be submitted to the SGA Treasurer. The 
Department of Fiscal Affairs and the SGA 
Cabinet will then approve each application by 
majority vote. 

SB.SP.2017-02 was also passed at the 
meeting, sponsored by Senators-at-Farge 
Taylor McBroom and Alexander Stewart. 

Currently, the Student Senate has 36 
seats. SGA understands that this is larger than 
other universities, and thus makes it more 
difficult for quorum to be reached for the 
voting process. 

It is required that RSOs on campus must 
have two-thirds of their voting members 
present for the by-laws to be amended. 

SB.SP.2017-02 reduces the Student 
Senate from 36 seats to 25. The change will 
phase in over the next few elections. 

Each election, seats filled by outgoing 
seniors will be removed, reducing the number 
of seats available. This will occur each election 
until there are a total of 25 seats. 

Intent to Run forms for SGA were open 
from March 13-17. Elections will be held 
April 4-5, 2017. 


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Complaint of Screaming 
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Officer Controlled 

March 14 

Auto Accident 

- South Jefferson 
Officer Controlled 

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- University Place I 
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Hit and Run 
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Situation Controlled 

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SGA Meeting 

March 20 

Covered by Jordan Reich 


- SGA President John Pearce 
congratulated Vice President Tre 
Nelson and Secretary Trey Roberts 
on their elections as SGA President 
and Vice President for the 2017-18 
academic year, respectively. Usually a 
campus-wide election is held for the 
seats, but they received the positions 
uncontested. 

- Student Affairs will meet with 
Chief Caliste from the NSU Police 
Department regarding the parking 
situation on campus. 

- SGA introduced R.SP.20 17-03, a 
resolution that states “that the NSU 
SGA request all members of the NSU 
family join in remembering the legacy 
of Sgt. [Kerry] Anderson.” 

- During Comments for the Good 
of the Association, Pearce said the 
student body population is 70 percent 
female and introduced the idea that 
SGA offer free menstrual products 
like tampons and sanitary napkins 

in the first and second floor Union 
bathrooms. “Health Services provides 
free condoms... so I think that our 
female students need something as 
well,” Pearce said. 

- Ragan Aple reported that, at the 
recent SAB meeting, members 
discussed the Lipsync entertainment 
for next year, as well as the 
homecoming theme. 

- UL Day is in Baton Rouge on April 
19 with activities from 1 1 a.m. to 3 
p.m.; NSU will take a charter bus with 
students to represent the university at 
the Capitol. 

- The Interfraternity Council (IFC) 
will host an informational on consent 
culture on Wednesday, March 22 
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. coinciding 
with the It’s On Us Week of Action. 


Outdoor stage in development 



Early stage conceptual sketch made by the architects. 


Submitted by Alan Pasch 


HOLLY JENKINS 

Contributing Reporter 

T he planning for a new a stage on 
Iberville Green is in the beginning 
phases right now. University Facility 
Use Coordinator Alan Pasch said. 

Similar to the Student Union Ballroom, 
groups will be able to reserve the space 
through EMS. Designed to resemble other 
buildings on campus, the stage will be made 
from brick, complete with white corner 
stones. It will be covered with a large roof 
and have girders for concert lighting. Plus, 
the stage comes equipped with ample power 
for concerts, meaning generators will not 
need to be rented for future productions. 

Pasch raved about the convenience it will 
bring for future campus events. 

“We just want the campus to have a 
great outdoor space to host events,” Pasch 
said. “Right now, events get scattered 
everywhere. This space is close to the 
dorms, and Iberville has plenty of parking. It 
is also a good ways away from any academic 
building so we don’t have to worry about 
noise.” 

In the past, organizations like KNWD 
and the Student Activities Board set up 
wooden stages every time they hosted an 
event by Iberville. This process is grueling 
and takes extra time. Members of these 
organizations are looking forward to the 
convenience this new addition to campus 
will bring. 

KNWD General Manager Courtney Page 


said she was incredibly excited when she 
first found out about the stage. 

“For events like DemonFest, it will 
absolutely help with production costs for 
the organizers,” Page said. “Even with this 
year’s DemonFest, we keep trying to lower 
costs so we can do more but the stages still 
put a pretty big dent in our budget. This 
stage will be a nice stress reliever for anyone 
wanting to hold an event on the Green.” 

The construction of the new stage will 


not affect student fees. Pasch explained that 
several years ago, alumni entered NSU into a 
Facebook contest for Louisiana universities. 
NSU won the contest and received $ 10,000 
to put towards the school. Faculty decided 
the money would go towards this project, 
thereby relieving students of any costs. 

“Whatever costs are left over will be 
split by SAB, SGA, KNWD and the Student 
Union,” Pasch said. “This is truly a group 
effort.” 


Demons Support Demons adds Trans Advocate 
discussion to Week of Action schedule 


ASHLEY FRENCH 

KNWD Reporter 

On March 20-23, NSU will participate in 
a national Week of Action to focus on issues 
including sexual assault, harassment and 
gender discrimination. The Week of Action 
was created by a non-profit organization called 
It’s On Us that works to change the culture 
around campus sexual assault. 

NSU’s Week of Action includes a Trans 
Advocate Lecture and Discussion with speaker 
Rebecca Norris on March 22 at 5 p.m. in the 
Cane River Room of the Student Union. Norris 
will discuss some of the primary issues the 
transgender community faces. 

“I’m going to briefly do a trans 101, 
basically giving people basic information— who 
transgender people are, the problems they face, 
especially around the school environment, 
grand statistics on sexual assault and hate 
crimes,” Norris said. 

Norris’s main goals for the event is to 
deliver a sense of comfort for the transgender 
community and to teach students that 


“transgender people are exactly the same as any 
other person.” 

“They have the same desires and work 
in the same professions as doctors, lawyers, 
scientists; every profession has somebody who 
is transgender,” Norris said. 

She emphasizes the importance of how 
to approach a 
transgender person 
that could be dealing 
with assault or 
harassment. 

“Teaching 
students what 

transgender people 
are and what they 
face allows them to 
understand them 
more, and by understanding them more, gives 
students the ability in the future on how to 
properly approach someone who is transgender; 
they are better able to handle the situation in a 
proper and correct way,” Norris said. 

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance 
President Meg Denny is one of many 
participants who will help lead and guide the 


Week of Action on issues concerning the 
transgender community. 

“I really want to start a dialogue on 
NSU’s campus with student leaders and the 
administration about how we can be more 
accepting and how to make the transgender 
community feel safe on campus,” Denny said. 

Demons Support 
Demons, a student 
organization that 
works to end 
sexual assault and 
harassment, is one 
of the sponsors 
for this year’s 
Week of Action. 
President Pearlie 
Jones will discuss 
the importance of consent and how to report 
someone when they experience or witness 
sexual assault. 

“We really want to educate students 
on the importance of consent and what it 
actually is,” Jones said. “Most importantly, 
we want to educate students on how to report 
if sexually assaulted.” 


Transgender people 
are exactly the same 
as any other person. 


- Rebecca Norris 


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Twitter celebrates 11 years 


AN-GEL SAMUEL 

Reporter 

It’s been just over 1 1 years since Twitter 
CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted “just setting up my 
twttr,” according to reode.net, on March 21, 
2006. 

Twitter has grown from a five -person 
startup into a multi-billion-dollar company 
over its decade of existence. 

While some have trouble with the 
140-character limit, the limit on the social 
media network is to make every tweet 
“scan friendly,” according to lifewire.com. 
This promotes a focused and clever use of 
language that makes tweets easy to scan, but 
challenging to write. 

Most NSU students are familiar with 
“#coolprez” Dr. Jim Henderson and his 
presence on social media. 

“Twitter can be an extraordinarily 
effective communication tool when used 
correctly. Authenticity is key. Followers 
will tune out if your tweets are trite or seem 
contrived,” Dr. Jim Henderson, president 
of the University of Louisiana System said. 
“Twitter is also an invaluable tool for the 
pithy introvert when it comes to establishing 
connections with others.” 

According to livewire.com, people today 
prefer advertising that is instant, unobtrusive 
and accessible when they want it. Twitter is 
about discovering people around the world 


and building a following of people who are 
interested in you and your values. 

Communications Instructor 
Emily Zering introduces Twitter 
in her Writing and Reporting 
for New Media class. 

“My class is about 
learning how to package 
information and/ 
or messaging for new 
media,” Zering said. “This 
includes internet-based 
communications vehicles 
that includes Twitter. 

Obviously, it’s a big part 
of my class because Twitter is 
how we communicate in that 
fashion.” 

Communications major 
Thea Berry said she does 
not like Twitter because it 
gives “idiots a chance to voice their 
opinion,” but admits she does see its 
usefulness in some circumstances. 

“If you’re promoting yourself, 
then Twitter is effective because it gives 
everyone a chance to see your art in an 
instant,” Berry said. 





Jack Dorsey, Twitter 
CEO, was one of four 
co-founders to start the 
short-form social media 
network in 2006. March 21 
marks the platform’s 11th 
anniversary. Photo by Joi Ito 


1788 Great Fire of New Orleans remembered 



Artistic rendering of the impact of the 1788 Great Fire of New Orleans. 

Photo from Public Domain 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

Distribution Manager 

Out of 1,100 structures that stood in the 
New Orleans French Quarter, 856 of them 
were destroyed in a fire that changed the city 
forever on March 2 1 , 1 788. 

At 1 :30 p.m. that day, a fire broke out in the 
home of Army Treasurer Don Vincente Jose 
Nunez on Chartres Street, less than a block 
away from Jackson Square. Over the next five 
hours, the fire quickly engulfed the city and the 
wooden infrastructure that made up most of the 
city’s buildings at the time as strong winds from 
the southeast helped the fire spread. 

Because the fire happened on Good Friday, 
priests would not allow the church bells to be 
rung as fire alarms, and even though the church, 
the public prison and almost every home and 
business were destroyed, only one person died 
that day. 

After the fire demolished almost the entire 
city, the Spanish replaced the former wooden 
buildings with new brick-walled buildings 
featuring courtyards, arcades and wrought iron 
balconies. 


“Much of the population was left 
homeless,” Dr. Cindy Ermus, Assistant 
Professor of History at the University of 
Lethbridge, said in her book “Reduced to 
Ashes: The Good Friday Fire of 1788 in 
Spanish Colonial New Orleans”. 

“The Spanish government was left 
with the major task of aiding the victims, 
rebuilding the city and funding the entire 
enterprise,” Ermus said. 

The St. Louis Cathedral was ruined 
and completely rebuilt following the fire. 
Another important building wrecked by the 
fire was the Cabildo, which was the seat for 
the colonial government during that time. 
Both buildings were rebuilt and remain 
standing to this day. 

“The tears, the heartbreaking sobs 
and the pallid faces of the wretched 
people mirrored the dire fatality that had 
overcome a city, now in ruins, transformed 
within the space of five hours into an arid 
and fearful desert,” Colonial Governor 
Estaban Rodriguez Miro said after seeing 
the devastating effects the fire had on the 
French Quarter. 








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KNWD presents DemonFest 2017: LA Vibes 



Brandon Melancon, online media manager for KNWD, attended DemonFest in 2016 and created advertisements for 
this year’s festival. Photo by Karalee Scouten 


SHANIA DAUTERIVE 

KNWD News Coordinator 

K NWD’s spring music festival, 
DemonFest, is approaching, and 
students from every corner of 
campus wonder: “Who is headlining?” 

Before KNWD reveals their secret 
headliner. General Manager Courtney 
Page gave students a run-down on how 
artists are chosen to perform at NSU. 

The Concert Committee is a group 
of representatives from several campus 
organizations advocating for students. 
Committee spots include: 

• Student Government Association 
• College Panhellenic Council 
• Interfraternity Council (IFC) 

• National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) 

• Student Athlete: Adviser Council 
• Representative from KNWD 
• Representative from CAPA 
• Student chosen by the Dean of Students 
. Director of Student Activities Yonna 
Pasch and Director of Student Union Life 
Alan Pasch (non-voting members) 

Working with two agents, Ben Anshutz 
of Gotham Artists and Ari Nisman of Degy 
Entertainment, the committee considers 
several options for headliners. 

The committee then sends out a 
proposal for a headliner, and the process 
follows these steps: 

1 . Ask the agent for artists’ quote list 

2 . Look at potential artists with committee 

in order of importance 

3. SAB votes to approve quote list 

4. Agents send offer through Yonna and 

Alan Pasch 

5. If the committee agrees, it will send 
the official contract of agreement. If the 
committee disagrees, it will go to the next 
available artist. 

Page said the Concert Committee 
learned to put aside personal biases 
and find a headliner that students would 


enjoy. One thing she would like to see is 
more student involvement when picking a 
headliner for future music festivals. 

This year’s festival is April 21-22 
on the Iberville Green, and the theme is 
LA Vibes, a beach theme influenced by 
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. 
Reggae, hip hop, alternative, rock and 
electronic dance music are some of the 
music genres that will be present at 
DemonFest. 

KNWD’S PR Director, Candice 
Richardson, shared how her experience 


with KNWD and DemonFest has shaped 
her college experience. 

“I’ve been working for KNWD since 
the fall semester [of 2016],” Richardson 
said. “I worked DemonFest ‘16, and 
it gave me a purpose in a time where I 
thought I didn’t have one. KNWD is the 
greatest thing that happened for me, as 
corny as it sounds.” 

As the sixth DemonFest draws near. 
Page reflects on the growth of KNWD’s 
major project. 

“Every year, it grows a bit,” Page said. 


“The second year, it grew in size; the third 
year, it grew with branding; last year, it 
grew with the types of artists; and this year 
we’re trying to grow it in the way we hold 
it.” 

Malcolm Cooper, the NPHC 
representative on the Concert Committee, 
was excited to be a part of the selection 
process for this year’s headliner. 

“I always wanted to know the behind- 
the-scenes when planning DemonFest,” 
Cooper said. “Now I feel like my voice is 
heard.” 


Chamber and Concert Choir to perform diverse music selection 



NSU’s Chamber Choir rehearses for their upcoming concert. Photo by Sean McGraw 


HANNAH MORRIS 

Contributing Reporter 

NSU’s Concert and Chamber Choirs 
will perform an eclectic mix of songs on 
March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital 
Hall. 

“We’re doing psalm settings in different 
periods,” Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, director 
of choral activities, said. “We’re beginning 
with ‘Noel,’ an African piece, and using 
pieces we recorded with Michael Trotta.” 

The Chamber Choir is releasing a CD 
this summer and will perform one of their 
recorded songs during Thursday’s concert. 
In addition to “Noel,” they will sing “Psalm 
23,” written by Bobby McFerrin and 
dedicated to his mother. 


“The music is really diverse,” choir 
member Conn McCandlish said. “We have 
a baroque French piece, which is really 
interesting, and a spiritual piece as well.” 

Choir member Gabe LeMoine is 
featured in “Noel” and said the piece 
reminds him of “The Lion King,” 
especially because of its percussion 
features. 

“My favorite song is Chantez a Dieu,” 
choir member Noel Johnson said. 

Johnson believes this concert provides 
students the perfect opportunity to attend 
a concert and support CAPA students. 

“Magale is a place where you can 
come, relax, listen to some good music 
and you get in free with your student ID,” 
Johnson said. 





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sports 


Baseball hits the road for Lamar game 



After putting up a tough fight, senior pitcher Evan Tidwell and the Demon 
Baseball team lost their series against Oklahoma State. The team will play at 
Lamar on March 22 with hopes to make a comeback. Photo by Gary Hardamon 


JASON PUGH 

NSU Assistant Sports 
Information Director 

EAUMONT, Texas - After playing 
its final non-conference weekend 
series of the season, the Northwestern 
State baseball team steps back into Southland 
Conference play Wednesday night - sort of. 

The Demons continue their season-long, 
seven-game road trip with a 6 p.m. matchup 
against conference rival Lamar at Vincent- 
Beck Stadium. 

The catch is neither this game, nor the two 
between the teams next week at Brown-Stroud 
Field, will count in the conference standings. 

What remains for the Demons (5-13) and 
Cardinals (11-10) is a matchup between two 
teams who have met 70 times since the 1991 
season. 

“They’re a good team, and they’re three 
hours down the road, so it makes sense for 
us to play even though we’re not on the 
conference schedule,” first-year coach Bobby 
Barbier said. “They swing the bats like they 
have before. They’ll be a good mid-week 


opponent for us, a good test before we head to 
Corpus Christi.” 

The Demons dropped three straight at 
Oklahoma State, the third Big 12 Conference 
foe for Northwestern State in its first 18 games. 


Wednesday’s game starts a run of nine 
straight games against Southland Conference 
opponents for the Demons that goes through 
April 2. 

“It’s nice playing a Southland Conference 


team, a team you match up with for the most 
part,” Barbier said. 

A season ago, the Demons and Cardinals 
finished tied for third in the Southland with 
Northwestern State earning the No. 3 seed. 

The teams find themselves trending in 
similar ways this season. 

The Demons are 1-2 in conference play 
while Lamar has gone 1-5 against Sam Houston 
State and Southeastern Louisiana to begin 
Southland play. 

The Cardinals avoided a second straight 
sweep in conference play by scoring 11 
consecutive runs Sunday to grab a 13-5 
comeback victory against the Lions. 

Additionally, both Barbier and his Lamar 
counterpart. Will Davis, are in their first 
seasons as head coaches. 

“When I was at Alabama, coach Davis was at 
LSU, so we got to know each other pretty well 
over the years,” Barbier said. 

The Demons will send right-hander Dan 
Hlad (0-1, 6.88) to the mound against Lamar 
right-hander Galen Andrews (1-0, 3.24). 
Audio from the game will be streamed live on 
www.NSUDemons.com. 



Woodley places second 
in Dark Horse Dunker 


MELISSA TAYLOR 

Contributing Reporter 

One of Northwestern State’s men’s 
basketball players, Zeek Woodley, made it all 
the way to the finals of the State Farm 2017 
College Slam Dunk Competition. 

The Slam Dunk Competition is a series 
of online voting for college basketball players 
based on a video of the player doing a slam 
dunk. To enter the competition, Woodley had 
to submit a video of himself and be chosen by 
a committee. 

“Voting went on for roughly three weeks, 
and everyone could vote once a day,” Head 
Basketball Coach Mike McConathy said. 

Voting closed on Friday, March 17, at 
noon, and the results were close. Woodley 
finished with 49.6 percent of votes, and 
his competitor, Antonius Cleveland from 
Southeast Missouri State, won the final round 
with 50.4 percent. 

Regardless of the numbers, McConathy 
was still blown away by the support Woodley 
received. 

“It was awesome seeing the whole town 
and state pulling together to try to help him 
get to Phoenix,” McConathy said. “We had 
Demons from Florida and Michigan and Las 
Vegas trying to make a dream a reality. Many 
people in the schools and university wanted to 
see him succeed.” 


Though the loss was unfortunate, the 
numbers proved that the competition was a 
tight race. Woodley was in the lead up until 
the last 1 5 minutes of the voting. 

McConathy said he was “naturally, 
disappointed, but grateful for the opportunity 
that Zeek was provided.” 

“It was really great exposure of our great 
university,” McConathy said. “Anytime you 
are on a national stage makes it special for all 
involved.” 

The support that has been shown 
for Woodley doesn’t just stop with the 
competition, though. Professor of Classics 
Davina McClain said that the coaching staff 
does an amazing job in showing the players 
that they care about them as individuals. 

“The fact that Zeek has made it this far 
shows how supportive we are of students,” 
McClain said. 

Woodley broke the scoring record for the 
university despite sitting out for six weeks 
with a broken wrist. The record that he broke 
had been in place for 40 years. 

Although Woodley will not be in 
Phoenix at the Final Four in April, 
Northwestern State will have another 
player there. Sabri Thompson will attend 
the event to receive recognition for the All 
State Good Works team, an honor received 
by only five of the Division’s basketball 
players for community service. 



March 15-21 
Scores 


Softball 

3/15 WIN vs. LA Tech 

5-3 

3/17 LOSS vs. Abilene 

Christian 

1-4 

3/18 LOSS vs. Abilene 

Christian 

5-6 

3/18 WIN vs. Abilene Christian 

5-0 

Baseball 

3/17 LOSS at Oklahoma State 

3-6 

3/18 LOSS at Oklahoma State 

2-7 

3/19 LOSS at Oklahoma State 

4-15 

Women’s Tennis 

3/18 WIN at Southeastern LA 

6-1 

3/ 19 LOSS at UNO 

2-5 


DEMON 

SPORTS 


March 22-28 
Schedule 


Softball 

3/22 at LA Tech 6 p.m. 

3/ 24 at Texas A&M- Corpus 1p.m. 

Christi 

3 p.m. 

3/25 at Texas A&M- CC 12 p.m. 

Baseball 

3/ 22 at Lamar 6 p.m. 

3/24 Texas A&M- CC 6 p.m. 

3/25 at Texas A&M- CC 4 p.m. 

3/26 at Texas A&M- CC 1 p.m. 

3/28 vs. Lamar 6 p.m. 

Women's Tennis 

3/25 at Stephen F. Austin 1 2 p.m. 


Women's and Men's Track 

3/24 at Bobby Lane Invitational 
3/25 at Bobby Lane Invitational 





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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review 



ANTHONY RENTERIA 

Contributing Reporter 

I t’s been about six years since Marvel vs. 
Capcom 3 was released on PS3 and Xbox 
360. In all that time, Disney bought 
the licensing rights for Marvel comics, and 
all the games in the Marvel vs. Capcom 
series including Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were 
removed from the Playstation Store. 

Now, we have a new Marvel vs. Capcom 
game in the works called Infinite, and 
the updated version. Ultimate Marvel vs. 
Capcom 3, was released on the PS4, Xbox 
One, and for the first time on PC. Now it’s 
time to ask, “is this game worth your time 
and money?” 

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (UMvC3) 
is a team-based fighting game where you 
choose fighters from across Marvel comics 
and Capcom characters. There are a total 
of 50 characters like Spider-Man, Captain 
America, Chun-Li and Frank West just to 
name a few. You choose three characters and 
duke it out in fights that are extremely fast 
and complex. 

The controls are simplified with four 
attack buttons and two assist buttons. Do 
not let this fool you into thinking it’s easy; 


the game itself is very complex. There’s a 
ton of mechanics to learn for each character, 
and it’s easy to find simple combo potential 
just by playing around for a few hours. But 
there’s a lot to learn if you make that jump 
into really getting good at playing UMvC3. 
There’s a lot of people who really know how 
the game works and are able to down one of 
my characters in one combo. 


One of the quotes in the community of 
this game is that “you get hit once, you’re 
dead.” When I play online, that statement 
is very true. The netplay itself is fine, but I 
was amazed at how good some people can 
be at the game. The community of the game 
is huge and, from what I’ve experienced, is 
very nice and willing to teach others how 
to improve at the game. Most likely, you’ll 


come across a salty player or an angry one, 
but for the most part, I did have fun with 
the online component of the game. 

In regards to single-player content, 
there isn’t much to offer. You have a 
standard arcade mode where you go 
through six fights and fight the boss to get 
a three-panel ending; mission mode where 
you perform different types of combos with 
all the characters; and Heroes and Heralds 
where you choose to save or destroy the 
earth and customize your teams with cards 
that boost your stats. It was a mode that 
didn’t appeal to me, especially since I was 
bored of it in the first few minutes. I’m also 
disappointed that the game lacks a proper 
tutorial mode. I had to figure out how to 
play the game by myself, which didn’t take 
too long but did bother me. 

However, I still recommend Ultimate 
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as a game to 
play with your friends more than a 
full experience. It’s still a fun game 
to sit down and play as your favorite 
superheroes from Marvel and fighters 
from Capcom. I am still looking forward 
to Marvel vs Capcom Infinite and putting 
more hours in this game as I beat all my 
friends with flashy and stylish combos. 


Through the conservative looking glass 


THE ANGRY CONSERVATIVE 

Student Submission 

What does it look like to be a pro-life 
conservative? Rallies in protest of what the 
Left believes? That’s what some people 
want you to think, but that’s not true. 

Pro-life goes, or should go, deeper than 
anti-abortion rallies. In contrast to what a 
lot of my fellow Conservatives believe, our 
job as pro-life people does not end at birth 
because the mother did not abort. That is 
actually where our job starts. 

What if I told you that being pro-life is 
a lifelong commitment insuring the needs 
of others are met? Pro-life is deep. Break it 
down. Pro: Adverb, in favor of. Pro: Noun, 
an advantage of something or an argument 
in favor of a course of action. Life: Noun, 
the existence of an individual human being 
or animal. 

Therefore, pro-life means, by 
definition, in favor of the existence of an 
individual human being. Womb to tomb 
service. True pro-life action has many 
forms— donating blood, volunteering, 
serving the homeless, advocacy with CASA, 
mentoring youth, being apart of the local 
volunteer EMS, etc. 

Now, here, my fellow Demons (and 
whoever else reads this) is where I get 
barred from every Republican meeting. 
What if I told you that black lives really do 
matter and that it’s more than an anti- 
authoritarian movement? What if I told you 
loving your neighbor meant also loving 
your trans, homo, Mexican and Muslim 
neighbor and not just loving your white 
Judeo-Christian? Yikes, I just blew the 
minds of modern Republicans. 


I’m saying this because it needs to 
be said. Now, you can love someone and 
disagree with their ideas, beliefs and 
lifestyles. To quote Phil Robertson, “Our 
culture has accepted two huge lies. The 
first is that if you disagree with someone’s 
lifestyle you must fear or hate them. The 
second is that to love someone means 
you agree with everything they believe 
or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t 
have to compromise convictions to be 
compassionate.” 

I mentioned the BLM Movement, and I 
want to talk about it before I close. It’s more 
than what Fox News is pumping out. It came 
into existence in the beginning as a second 
Civil Rights Movement. Their agenda to 
bring to light the modern plight of their 
community has been twisted and contorted 
by outsiders and no-good insiders until it 
has become an enemy to the right. 

I also mentioned loving your Muslim 
neighbor, and since my Republican career 
is now dead, I might as well seal the coffin 
and bury it, right? Right. I will say this one 
time and one time only, and I quite frankly 
don’t care who it offends: If you can tell the 
difference between the KKK and your local 
pastor but not between ISIS and the Muslim 
couple you see at Walmart, you are the 
problem with this country. 

I could keep going on about what 
it looks like, where we should stand on 
healthcare and immigration and so forth, 
but I’ve said a mouthful for now. America 
is a land of immigrants and ethnic groups. 
Just as the Left Wing and Right Wing make 
up the same great eagle that represents 
America, so do many colors make up the 
Red White and Blue. 


What does love mean to millennials? 


JACOB FARNSLEY 

Distribution Manager 

As an almost 20-year-old college 
student, the largest problem that I struggle 
with — besides stress — is loneliness. 

Dating is such a fickle thing at this 
point in our lives. We are all busy with 
school, work, trying to remain sane, trying 
to hold a job; an entire list of things can be 
written about how busy a college student is. 
However, finding someone to spend your 
life with seems to be at the bottom 
of the priority list for most of our 
generation. 

Millennials seem to only 
want one thing: a quick 
screw. Apps like Tinder 
and Grindr help people find 
the closest person to them 
who all want the same thing. 

Now, not everyone uses these 
apps for that purpose. People 
on Tinder are usually more 
interested in taking you out on 
a nice date, while people on 
Grindr often just want to see 
what your bedroom looks like, 
then never call you again. 

What has happened? It 
used to be that when someone 
was interested in you, they took you out on 
a date, took the time to get to know you and 
then tried to sleep with you. Everyone now 
wants to skip all that and head straight to 
pound town. 

Sophomore early education major Emily 
Salter thinks love means the small things in 
life and that it is not just about sex. 



“Loving someone means putting them 
before yourself,” Salter said. “It’s easier to 
be there for the good, but being there for 
when things get bad is what really matters.” 

Salter’s boyfriend once left a note on 
her front door while she was not home. 

All the note said was, “I wanted to let you 
know I was thinking about you and I love 
you.” That little note meant the world to 
her and, a year later, she still looks at that 
note. 

A source who wished to remain 

anonymous had strong opinions on 
what love meant as a millennial. 
The individual said that love 
is just a biological reaction, 
and it really means nothing. 
Every animal has a chemical 
reaction that urges them to 
breed, and that is all this 
person thinks of love: a 
chemical reaction. 

Leaving notes, buying 
flowers or just sending 
someone a meaningful text 
is not a chemical reaction; 
it is called love. We are 
not hardwired to do those 
, things, but even the 
smallest thing could mean 
the most to someone. 

I’m one of those people that wants to 
find the person that they will spend their 
life with. I want the dates, the flowers, 
the whole nine yards; however, that is 
extremely hard to find. Like I have said, 
not every person in our generation is like 
this, but finding someone who has the same 
ideology as me has been quite a feat. 






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Jinkx Monsoon won season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2013. Her debut album, The Inevitable Album, combines 
classic pop with jazz, soft rock, punk and comical delivery. Photo by Tim Evanson 


Student reviews Drag Race winner’s album 



ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

inkx Monsoon’s debut album, 

“The Inevitable Album,” packs a 
punch and proves the validity of her 
season five win of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

The drag superstar demonstrates a brilliant 
combination of Charisma, Uniqueness, 
Nerve and Talent; we all know what that 
spells. 

Reimagining the lyrics to the Broadway 
musical Company’s signature song, “The 
Ladies Who Lunch,” was a bold move for 
a drag queen’s debut album, but Monsoon 
pulls it off with ease on “Ladies in Drag.” 
She ends the song with an eternal note- 1 3 
seconds, to be exact— reminiscent of half- 
baked charity track from season five, “Can 
I Get an Amen?” Can I get a gaymen? No, 
Alyssa; sit down. Jabbing at her naysayers, 
this track does a superb job with ensuring 
audiences know from the start this is not a 
monotonous dance-pop album so typical of 
drag queens nowadays. 

Second on the album is “No One as 
Sorry as Me.” Upon first listen, this song 
stood out to me, and I wasn’t sure why. 
Maybe it was because of the abrupt mood 
and tempo change leading into the scat 


section. Everybody loves a good scat, right? 
Not THAT kind, you pervert! 

“Coffee and Wine” and “My Heart 
Belongs to Daddy” are nothing spectacular 
but give listeners a nice buffer into the 
middle section of the album. The latter is 
a revamped version of Cole Porter’s song 
and surely gives twinks the perfect anthem 
to pretend as if they have daddy issues. If 
the gays™ need another reason to love this 
track, it’s the fact that Marilyn Monroe 
recorded it for the 1960 film “Let’s Make 
Love.” Who doesn’t love word play and 
risque? 

“The Bacon Shake” is one of the 
standout tracks on this album, though none 
of them particularly fall flat. Fred Schneider 
contributes vocals and his animated 
“shakin’ her bacon” lines are a nice touch. 
The lyrics clap back at critics claiming 
Monsoon is all camp and no glamour; she’s 
campy, and she’s not sorry ‘bout it. 

The fun-loving and whorish 
“Everybody’s Girl” transports listeners to 
a burlesque show but, oddly enough, starts 
with a salsa complete with rolled Rs, phlegm 
and a goofy lisp. Props to the writers for 
coming up with a smooth transition from 
salsa to burlesque. 

One of my favorites is “Hold On.” 

The simple instrumentation and chord 
progression remind me of ‘70s easy rock. 
Just one note from a trumpet is enough to 
add a little color to the song. If it wasn’t 
clear already, this track proves producers 
put a lot of thought into the instrumentation 
and arrangement of each song. 

“Hi-Jinkx Samba” seems to come out 
of nowhere and reminds me of Roxxxy 
Andrews on All Stars season two: it’s just 
kind of there, and I don’t understand why. 
There are no vocals on this piece, so it’s 
surely supposed to serve as a transition 


(filler bitch), but I don’t care for its 
abr up tne s s ( attitude ) . 

Monsoon’s cover of “Witchcraft,” 
made famous by Frank Sinatra, is charming 
and showcases his ability to impersonate a 
female not only in look, but also in sound. 
“What About Debbie” is an autobiography 
of Debbie’s trail to insanity caused by her 
own brattiness and entitlement. Night club 
audiences are sure to have fun interacting 
with the superstar on this song. The same can 
be said about the “Ballad of Johnny and Jack. ” 

“One Tiny Taste” is accompanied only by 
a piano until the last minute or so of the song 
when a string section comes in to provide 
extra support. The song itself isn’t anything 
special, but Monsoon’s execution and 
dramatic delivery justify its inclusion later on 
the track listing. 

I wish I could pick Monsoon’s brain to 
find out why she chose to cover Radiohead’s 
“Creep” on this album. Her performance 
and the arrangement are gorgeous, so I hope 
people give this cover a fair chance instead 
of writing it off as Monsoon trying to be 
something she’s not by covering an alt-rock 
classic. 

“A Song to Come Home To” is a beautiful 
love song. “Falling in Love Again” just falls 
flat for me. It’s somewhat unexciting, and I 
wish it was included on ab-sides extended 
play rather than ending the album. The 
former demonstrates power in restraint, and I 
think the song just feels like the finish. Why it 
isn’t is beyond me. 

Monsoon has an undeniably fresh 
approach to vaudeville, combining new school 
with bastardized old school in away only the 
smartest entertainers can truly master. She 
has the perfect combination of vocal prowess 
and comedy to grab night clubbers by their 
teats and never let them forget the night Jinkx 
Monsoon blew them right out of their seats. 



Equality 

JAZZ 

Contributing Author 

Equality the state of being equal 
especially in the status rights and 
opportunities equality being 
able to hang out with whatever 
race you want equality having 
someone follow you around 
in the store because you look 
suspicious equality being called 
poor because of skin color equality 
being classified as a criminal even if 
you’ve never done a crime equality 
being arrested and abused at a pool 
party with many races because 
you’re black equality being kicked 
out of the park because your kind 
can’t play here equality having a 
grown woman tell black children 
that n *****s don’t belong here 
go back to your section 8 housing 
equality must I say more 


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President and Vice President elected uncontested 


CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

Student body elections are still underway, but 
the seats for Student Government Association 
President and Vice President have already been 
filled by the only applicants for the positions. 

The winners of the uncontested races are 
current SGA Vice President Otha Tre Nelson, 
a junior pursuing a liberal arts degree with a 
concentration in politics, philosophy and law 
from the Louisiana Scholars’ College, and 
current Secretary Trey Roberts. 

For his first act as President, Nelson plans 
to finish the Campus Beautification Campaign, 
a project started by outgoing President John 
Pearce. 

“This plan will zone designated areas around 
the campus that could use more aesthetically 
pleasing highlights added to them,” Nelson said. 
“I believe students feel a stronger connection to 
their university when they are infatuated with the 
beauty of the campus.” 


“This project will understandably be a 
marathon, not a sprint, taking place over the 
course of a couple of months. But the end result 
will benefit the student experience as a whole on 
our campus,” Nelson said. 

A “marathon” may seem like an intimidating 
project to start with, but Nelson is accustomed to 
the challenge of fulfilling his SGA responsibilities 
while juggling his academics; he has taken 17-21 
credit hours every semester of his college career, 
allowing for a lighter schedule his final year. 

Despite his busy schedule. Nelson has 
managed to maintain a 3.5 GPA and participate 
in other school activities, which include serving 
as the 2016 Homecoming King, a Sigma Nu 
Fraternity Councilmen, an Order of Omega 
member, a PLP and Freshman Orientation 
member. Vice President of Sigma Nu and the 
Interfraternity Council and a participant of 
numerous boards and committees. 

During his vice presidency. Nelson has 
spent time working closely with Pearce, 
benefiting from valuable advice and insight 
for his soon-to-be job. 


“John Pearce is a firm believer in assuring 
that all voices are heard during conversations 
that have the potential to leave a lasting impact 
on the student body,” Nelson said. “The [SGA] 
stands to be the voice of the student body and I 
fully intend to keep that mission as the primary 
goal of our organization.” 

Nelson wants students to know that even as 
he runs around campus to get to his next class or 
meeting, he is doing it all for the students. 

“One of the main reasons that I have 
striven to become so involved on campus is 
because I genuinely want to have the capability 
to help other students,” Nelson said. “I take 
the countless sleepless nights, sit in multiple 
meetings a week and put in the long hours of 
work to assure that the students have the best 
possible experience here at Northwestern State 
University.” 

After graduation. Nelson plans to lobby for 
telecommunications, media or energy market 
companies. He will receive hands-on experience 
this summer when he interns with successful 
lobbyist and NSU Alumni Ted Jones. 




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NSU Theatre and 
Dance to perform 
‘Dance Discovery’ 


DAVID WEST 

Director of Communications 

Northwestern State Theatre and Dance 
will present “Dance Discovery” April 
6-8 in the A. A. Fredericks Auditorium. 
Performance time is 7:30 p.m. each evening 
with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 8. Tickets 
are $15 and $12 for senior citizens. 
Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and 
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the 
Arts students are admitted free with a current 
student I.D. “Dance Discovery” features the 
work of choreographers Kirstin Riehl, Brett 
Alan Garfinkel and Rebecca Morgan. 

“The performances of ‘Dance Discovery’ 
will allow us to showcase the versatility of 
our dancers,” said Garfinkel. “There will 
be a little something for everyone as we will 
present many difference genres of dance 
including contemporary, tap and musical 
theatre.” 


Garhnkel’s work will include “The Secret,” 
a trio in which each character is holding 
something back from each other; “Growing 
Pains,” a duet that explores the relationships 
between a family of brothers and “Factory,” 
a group piece set in the New York City club 
scene. 

Riehl’ s work will include “Hidden 
Forces,” a piece that examines how the things 
that happen in our lives impact ourselves and 
those around us and a solo work featuring 
Logan Terrell that represents phases of 
developments and cycles, highlighting his 
strengths as a dancer. 

Morgan’s pieces are “Anything Goes,” 
a musical theatre group tap piece from the 
show “Anything Goes,” “Nefelibata,” a 
contemporary work performed by a group 
of five women to the song “Both Sides Now” 
by Joni Mitchell and “Anam Cara,” a duet by 
Charles Anderson Jr. and Rachel Taylor to the 
song “J’ai Deux Amours” sung by Madeline 
Peryroux. 


Committee selects 4 finalists for president 

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors chose four semi-finalists for NSU’s 
presidency. The semi-finalists will come to NSU’s campus for their interviews on April 26-27. 
According to the search timeline, finalists will be chosen by May 4, and the UL System Board may 
then appoint one as president. 

The candidates currently serve the following positions at higher education institutions: 


Neal Barlow 

Dean of the College of Engineering and 
Applied Sciences at Arkansas Tech University 


Chris Maggio 

NSU Acting President, 

Vice President for the Student Experience 


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Debate team members Ryan Ware, Drew Chesher and Hannah Morris prepare for their upcoming tournament 
in Virginia. Photo by Alec Horton 


Debate team more than just debating 


SGA Meeting 

April 3 

Covered by Jordan Reich 

- SGA President John Pearce reported 
that there will be a Student Media Board 
meeting this Wednesday to determine 
the new Student Media Coordinator. 

The Board consists of himself and several 
other administrators who will deliberate 
on the candidates and make a final 
decision. 

- On Friday, April 7 at 2 p.m., there 
will be an unveiling ceremony of the 
Dante Alighieri bust in honor of Dr. Jim 
Henderson on the bridge of the Student 
Union. 

- Graduating seniors who have served 
on SGA in any position for a year are 
eligible to receive a medallion to wear 
at graduation. The form to fill out is 
available on OrgSync. 

- Student body elections for SGA 
and SAB will be held on Tuesday and 
Wednesday for positions as well as 
approval of SB.SP. 1 7-02, the bill that 
reduces the number of SGA senators 
from 36 to 25. Proposed homecoming 
themes will also be included on the ballot 
so that SAB will receive student input. 

- Academic Affairs reported that Blue 
Books will no longer be provided to 
Watson Library by SGA. Senator Tyler 
Wright said that they are technically not 
scantrons; they cost much more than 
scantrons do, and not many students use 
them. SGA will continue to provide all 
other scantrons and have them restocked 
for the rest of the year. 

- Fiscal Affairs stated that the new grant 
service approved under SB.SP. 1 7-01 

is now open and available online. 
Organizations can apply for up to 
$5,000. The purpose, as stated on the 
form available on OrgSync, is to provide 
financial aid for “educational programs, 
service projects and campus involvement 
projects.” 

- Nominations were made for the next 
Speaker of the Senate; four SGA senators 
were nominated and voting will take 
place next Monday. The duties of the 
Speaker include running meetings, 
helping the president and the vice 
president, keeping documents up to 
date, keeping the office organized and 
creating meeting agendas. 

- Pearce reported again on the menstrual 
product idea he introduced at the last 
meeting. Both tampons and pads have 
been ordered; one-third of the order will 
be given to SGA to distribute, one-third 
to Health Services and the last third will 
be donated to the Food Pantry. 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

T he NSU Speech and Debate Team 
traveled to Russellville, Arkansas, 
for the International Public Debate 
Association (IPDA) National Championship 
Tournament hosted by Arkansas Tech 
University on March 23-26. 

The team will have competed in 12 total 
tournaments this year, compared to seven 
during the last academic year. Not only have the 
number of tournaments attended increased, but 
their ranks as well. 

Several of the members have been ranked 
nationally, despite the small size of NSU’ s team 
with only a handful of people. 

Kelsey Jordan, a freshman psychology 
major, ranked 10th in the country out of 487 
for individual debater and fifth among Novice 
speakers based on the quality of her speeches. 

Jordan said that her experience on the team 
and with tournaments has helped her even 
though she has not had any previous experience 
with debate and her major isn’t the “traditional” 
course of study that debate students might 
pursue. She said that as a psychology major, 
debate has helped her analyze subjects and has 
helped her come out of her shell as a person. 

“You have to think creatively,” Jordan said. 
“[At nationals], I just had to think to myself 
it’s just another competition and not to psych 


myself out.” 

As a Novice Squad, the Speech and Debate 
team was ranked 15th out of 103 total teams, 
and as a collective team ranked 22nd for the 
Founders Award out of 192, and 20th for the 
Scholastic Award out of 1 34 teams. 

Other members of the team are ranked the 
following out of 487 in the Novice Division: 
Jessica Hooten (33), Alice Wilson (36), 
Matthew Craig (118), Jett Hayes (369). Group 
rankings out of 1 12: Chesher and Morris (30), 
Chesher and Ware (31), Hayes and Jordan 
(32), Ware and Wilson (75), Granger and 
Hooten (96). In the Junior Varsity Division, 
Drew Chesher ranked 11 out of 195, and in 
the Varsity Division, Ryan Ware ranked 72, 
Hannah Morris ranked 87, and Drew Chesher 
ranked 1 66 out of 4 1 7. 

Faculty advisor for the team. Dr. Davina 
McClain, said that it isn’t just about debate. 

“We’ve made so many friends on so many 
other teams,” she said. “It’s also helping each 
other out.” 

At all the tournaments this year, the NSU 
team, along with others, raised money for the 
LSU Shreveport’s coach. Trey Gibson, and 
his daughter, Emily. She was diagnosed in 
September with a very rare and deadly cancer 
of the brain stem. The Southern Forensics 
Competition raised $2,000 by using certificates 
instead of trophies to award. 

Ryan Ware, a liberal arts major with a 


concentration in politics, philosophy and law, 
rejuvenated the team with McClain in Fall 
2015. He has been one of the only members 
to have competed in high school, and he now 
coaches speech and debate at LSMSA. 

“What debate really means to me is the sense 
of community that I’m leaving with,” Ware said. 
“My very first tournament ever. . . [other teams] 
just started coming over and helped prep me, 
giving me sources and just jumping in, and I 
won.” 

Senior Biology major Drew Chesher said 
that the friendly competition is something he 
appreciates about IPDA. 

“You’re standing outside waiting for 
results, and one of you is going to lose at the 
end of the round, but you’re friends,” Chesher 
said. “That’s not something you have with a lot 
of other styles of debate.” 

Hannah Morris, senior strategic 
communications major, stresses that anyone 
can learn howto debate, especially in the IPDA 
style. 

“You can debate about anything, anytime,” 
she said. “As long as you are well informed and 
well educated on the matter, anybody can do it.” 

“It gives me something to wake up for in the 
morning,” Morris said. 

The Speech and Debate team will continue 
their season at the James Madison Cup on 
April 17 at James Madison University in 
Harrisonburg, Virginia. 






arts & Living 


■ 

KNWD attends Whatever Fest 



KNWD staff member Noah Baudoin attended Whatever Fest in Houston, Texas along with other staff members to draw 
inspiration for DemonFest, KNWD’s upcoming music festival. Photo by Ka’ihe Fisher 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

ouston’s Whatever Fest was... well, 
just that. 

Whatever Fest is a two-day music 
and comedy festival in Flouston. Over 40 
musical acts and comedians were scheduled to 
perform over the weekend on five stages. 

“We went to get experience interviewing 
artists and stuff like that,” KNWD General 
Manager Courtney Page said. “That was the 
plan, but not many artists stayed and there 
wasn’t much communication.” 

The festival’s attendance and lineup 
were hurt by the inflammatory transphobic 
comments that one of the event’s founders 
made. Several performers — including Giant 
Kitty, Rose Ette,Roky Moon, BOLT! andHari 
Kondabolu — pulled out of the festival after 
these comments. 

Saturday’s events were located outside 
as planned, but some of the performers were 
problematic. One of the comedians started his 
show with a rape joke. 

The threat of inclement weather on Sunday 
affected the festival as well. The festival was 
moved to Warehouse Live and The Secret 
Group. 

“The two locations were two blocks from 
each other,” Page said. 

“They underwent something that 
[KNWD has] to worry about, too,” Page said. 
“DemonFest is an outdoor festival, so we have 
to think about a backup plan in case it rains. 
If it does, we’ll move the festival to Prather.” 

Because the festival workers had to set up 
all of the equipment inside the clubs, Sunday’s 


kickoff time was delayed. The festival was 
supposed to start at 1 1 :30 a.m. , but the doors 
did not open until around 1 p.m. There was not 
much communication between the festival’s 
organizers and ticket holders, so there was 
lots of confusion. As a result, many people left 
before the day’s events began. 

Bands were also affected by the poor 
communication. On their Twitter page. 


The Wrecks stated that they cancelled their 
set because the proper equipment was not 
provided for them and their set time was 
changed multiple times. 

Although Sunday started off rough, 
those who stayed for the festival seemed to 
enjoy themselves, especially when headliner 
AWOLNATION took the stage. 

“We expected a lot more; it was similar 


to one of the first DemonFests,” Page said. 
“Even though our festival experience wasn’t 
that great, we had a lot of fun with each other.” 

Although Whatever Fest was a little rocky, 
Courtney Page believes it is important to 
support growing festivals. 

“We hope they improve like DemonFest 
is improving, and we would love to keep 
supporting them in any way we can. ” 



NSU opera set to perform Gilbert 
and Sullivan’s The Mikado 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

Northwestern Opera Theatre Ensemble 
(NOTE) will perform an updated version of 
Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” 

This comic opera is set in the fictional 
Japanese town of Titipu where flirting is 
illegal. The Mikado tells the story of Nanki- 
Poo, the son of the Mikado, who flees the 
royal court as a disguised musician. Nanki- 
Poo is supposed to marry the elderly Katisha, 
but falls in love with Yum-Yum. 

“It’s abasiclove story with ahappy ending, 
but there are many twists and turns along the 
way,” chorus member Kaylee Weakley said. 

This opera was written during the 
nineteenth century, so yellowface was 
tolerated more than it is today. To avoid 
using yellowface in this performance, NOTE 
is performing as people who are influenced 
by Japanese culture. 

“This production celebrates Japanese 
culture,” female lead Amanda Charles said. 
“We’re essentially playing anime characters 


of ourselves.” 

Although some music scholars believe that 
the opera was originally written as a homage to 
Japanese culture, the opera is usually perceived 
as offensive and appropriative. 

“Cultural appropriation is a big problem 
with this piece,” director of “The Mikado” and 
Director of Opera Theatre Dr. Stefan Gordon 
said. “I tried to keep an open dialogue with 
everyone throughout the process, and we only 
left in one line that references Japan.” 

“We modified or removed lyrics and songs 
that are offensive to the culture and to women,” 
Weakley said. 

This performance is double-cast, and the 
casts perform on alternating nights. 

“Most major university opera programs 
are double cast, so this is a step up for the 
department,” Gordon said. 

“People should come to see both 
casts,” Charles said. “Each lead does things 
differently.” 

“The Mikado” will run April 5-8 at 7 p.m. 
in Theatre West. Tickets are $ 10, and students 
get in free with their IDs. 



“The Mikado” cast celebrates after the end of their final dress rehearsal. 

Photo by Valentina Perez 





arts & Living 


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The feet 
Speaks 


To You 

RASA 

Contributing Author 

I don’t know what to say to you, or 
about you. 

You seem to think that I am a 
destination. 

Something to get to, and pass. 

But that thought will only bring you 
devastation. 

I am boundless, I have no borders. 

But depths too deep for you to 
measure. 

Something about me is an enigma. 

Something about me is a riddle. 

Dressed up as a straightforward 
suggestion. 

Waiting to be tested. 

A riddle I am, and still you piddle 
around the paddle, 

You could use to travel my inner 
depths. 

Something about me is a labyrinth. 

It will take rep after rep and a spool of 
gold thread. 

For you to realize progress. 

Something about me is calling to you, 
telling you 

Its name in a language you don’t 
know. 

Something about me is different. 

Than those girls you used to follow. 

Something about you craves 
adventure. 

And that part is looking at me. 

Something about you is hungry 

And knowing me would be its feast. 


Varnado renovations commence 




The historic Varnado Hall, constructed 
in 1939, will become a 21st century 
living/learning residential college for 
students in the School of Creative 
and Performing Arts in the Fall 2017 
semester. 

Campus Living Villages and NSU 
hosted a ceremony on March 23 at 
Varnado to mark the beginning of the 
building’s renovations, which include 
an addition of 128 residential rooms, 
practice rooms and a music studio. 




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sports 


Attura garners another SLC award 



Senior guard Beatrice Attura won this year’s Southland Conference Student-Athlete 
was recently selected for the CoSIDA Academic All-Star Team, a national honor. 


JASON PUGH 

NSU Assistant Sports 
Information Director 

ATCHITOCHES - As Beatrice 
Attura takes another step toward a 
professional basketball career this 
weekend, the Southland Conference has 
given her another individual award to add 
to her resume. 

Attura, the first CoSIDA First-Team 
Academic All-American in Northwestern 
State women’s basketball history, has been 
named the 2016-17 Southland Conference 
Women’s Basketball Student- Athlete 
of the Year. The honor was announced 
Wednesday and was selected by a panel 
of athletic administrators from all 13 SLC 
member institutions. 

Attura becomes the second straight Lady 
Demon to capture the award, following 
former teammate Janelle Perez. She also 
is the fifth Northwestern State student- 
athlete to earn such an award since the 
start of the 2014-15 season, joining Zeek 
Woodley (2014-15 men’s basketball), 
Kellye Kincannon (2015 softball), Cort 
Brinson (2015 baseball) and Perez. 

“What else can you say about Bea?” 
first-year head coach Jordan Dupuy said. 
“She has been a great ambassador for not 
only our basketball program, but our entire 
athletic department as well. This is just the 
cherry on top of both a great athletic and 
academic career at Northwestern State.” 

Joining Attura on the first-team 
Academic All-Southland Conference team 
were Abilene Christian teammates Suzzy 
Dimba (3.40, management) and Sydney 
Shelstead (3.84, engineering). Central 
Arkansas’ Maggie Proffitt (3.29, exercise 
science) and Incarnate Word’s Celia Garcia 
Paunero (3.89, psychology/kinesiology). 

Attura, who will participate in the 
NCAA Women’s Final Four combine in 


JASON PUGH 

NSU Assistant Sports 
Information Director 

MONROE - Describing the 
Northwestern State baseball team’s 
relationship with ULM is a matter of 
semantics for first-year head coach Bobby 
Barbier. 

“Rivalries or familiarity?” Barbier 
asked. “We’re familiar with them. We play 
them every year home and home, along with 
some other state schools. I don’t know if 
it’s as much a rivalry as it is these guys play 
against each other growing up. They play 


Dallas on Sunday, averaged a career-best 
20.6 points per game in her senior season 
and produced a cumulative 3.94 grade- 
point average as a business administration 
major. 

With the national semifinals and finals 
remaining, Attura ranks 15th nationally 
in scoring (20.6 points per game), 24th 
in 3-pointers per game (2.93), 31st in 
free-throw percentage (85.8), 35th in 


high school ball with each other. They play 
travel ball with each other.” 

All of those ties will come together at 
Warhawk held at 6 p.m. Tuesday when the 
Demons and Warhawks, former Southland 
Conference mates, tangle in the first of a two- 
day, home-and-home midweek series. The back 
end of the series is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at 
Brown-Stroud Field. 

The Demons (8-18) collected their 
first mid-week win of the season a week ago 
Tuesday, defeating Lamar at Brown-Stroud 
Field, before dropping two of three games in a 
Southland Conference weekend series against 
Central Arkansas. 

The Warhawks (9-20) dropped three of 
four games in the past week, falling to Louisiana 


3-pointers made (a school single-season 
record 88) and 43rd in assists per game 
(5.1). 

In addition to setting the NSU single- 
season 3-point record, Attura’s 619 points 
during the 2016-17 rank fifth in school 
history. 

A two-time second-team Academic All- 
Southland Conference selection, Attura 
became the 15th Academic All-American 


Tech in midweek action before dropping 
two of three at Georgia Southern in Sun Belt 
Conference play. 

Much like the players sharing a bond, so do 
the head coaches. 

“Coach (Bruce) Peddie and I are great 
friends,” Barbier said. “I got to know him when 
he was down at UN O and got to know him there. 
I always see him out recruiting. It’s good to sit 
by him. When you’re playing your friends, you 
want to beat him. 

“You may see a guy for five straight days in 
the summer, watching games for eight hours a 
day. You become friends or enemies, but most 
of the time you become friends. ” 

While Barbier’s and Peddie’s relationship 
has been years in the making, new faces have 


of the Year for Women’s Basketball. She 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

in school history and the first first-team 
selection since football’s Justin Aldredge 
in 2011. 

“It shows the value of hard work paying 
off and showing the value of understanding 
priorities and time management,” Dupuy 
said. “It’s been said that talent gets you to 
this level, but character allows you to be 
successful at this level, and Bea has shown 
that. I’m so proud of her.” 


mid-week set 

become commonplace in the Demons lineup. 

As many as five freshmen have been in the 
starting lineup in the same game, including 
Friday’s 3-2 series-opening win against Central 
Arkansas. 

One of those freshmen, Austin Townsend, 
had a game-tying, two-run home run joining 
junior David Fryas the only two NSU players 
with more than one home run this season. 

“It’s great to see them out there,” Barbier 
said. “We play freshmen. It’s not to get them at- 
bats. It’s because they give us the best chance 
to win. Is it nice we get them for a couple more 
years and get to mold them? Sure, but that 
doesn’t go into my decision making.” 

For the full story, visit 
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A look back at Persona 4 



Photo from Public Domain 


ANTHONY RENTERIA 

Contributing Writer 

W ith Persona 5 finally making 
its way stateside, I admit that 
since it has taken so long for 
the release, I wasn’t as excited for it. When 
I started to look back at the series this game 
hails from, I had no doubt in my mind that it 
will be an experience that I will enjoy from 
start to end. This has to do with my previous 
experience of the last title in the series, 
Persona 4. 

Persona 4 was a role-playing game 
released back in 2008 on the PS2. It was a 
game that I initially never took interest in 
because, during the time, I wasn’t a fan of role 
playing generic ones that were turn-based, 
and didn’t own a PS2 at the time. I got a PS2 
when I was in high school, and finally got 
around to play it. What I experienced was one 
of my favorite games of all time. 

I think I played the game at the right 
time because I was mature, and had a lot of 
free time in high school. The game started 
off slowly, meaning that my attention span 
if I was younger probably would have put 
the game down after 30 minutes of just 
talking. I am happy that I was willing to 
put up with it because everything after the 
game opens up is why I enjoyed it so much. 
The gameplay of Persona and how it mixed 
in with its characters is what captivated me 
so much. Persona 4’s gameplay revolves 


around living the life of a high school student 
while traveling to a different dimension to 
fight monsters while investigating a murder 
case. During your time in the real world, 
you go around town making bonds with 
people you meet and your own friends/ 
party members. This was something that was 
unique to Persona as part of the RPG genre. 
It encourages you to learn more about its 
wonderful characters personally rather than 
just doing so in a flashback or vague lines 
from a non-playable character. And these 


characters are actually fun to get to know. 

The TV world is the meat of the game 
where the game becomes an RPG. From 
the bonds you formed in the real world, you 
are able to fuse Personas. Personas from a 
gameplay standpoint is kind of like Pokemon 
that form from your bonds with others. 

There are many different combinations you 
can fuse, so this system can get addicting to 
get stronger Personas. From there, you get 
to explore dungeons that always reflect a 
certain theme in the story. You will go from 


a castle, to a secret base, a bathhouse, etc. 

It has a lot of variety in its locations. From 
there, you climb your way up the dungeon 
and occasionally fight enemies, or “shadows” 
as the game calls them. There are no random 
encounters. Every encounter is able to be 
skipped if you know how to maneuver around 
them. The battle system works by finding 
and exploiting enemy weaknesses to do the 
most damage. It’s straightforward and easy to 
understand, but requires strategic thinking. 
And once you accomplish your plan, seeing 
that end result screen is satisfying. 

I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg 
when it comes to this game. There are a lot of 
things I intentionally left out for players who 
may be looking to try this game. Either way. 
It’s a solid recommendation for me, and while 
I’ll be playing Persona 5 while you read this 
article, you might be able to see what I saw 
first before indulging in the newest title. 

I’d recommend getting the upgraded PS 
Vita version known as Persona 4 Golden as 
that adds more content to the original game 
and balances fixes. There are also a ton of 
spinoffs based on the game like a fighting 
game by the creators of Guilty Gear and 
Blazblue called Arena, and a rhythm game 
called Dancing All Night which are fun games 
in their own right that you can check out 
afterwards. Anyways Persona 4 is one of my 
favorite games of all time, and I hope if you 
give it a shot just like I did those years ago, 
you will enjoy it as much as I did. 


Stressing about stress 



Photo from Creative Commons 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

April is Stress Awareness Month, 
which tends to be the central theme of 
our lives as college students; we’re always 
stressed out, whether it is from academics, 
extracurriculars, work or just taking a ride 
on the general life struggle bus. 

The Stress Awareness Month official 
site calls the current state we live in a 
“modern stress epidemic” and is aimed at 
educating about “the dangers of stress, 
successful coping strategies, and harmful 
misconceptions about stress that are 
prevalent in our society.” 

According to The American Institute 
of Stress, eight in 10 college students 
answer that they experience stress 
on a frequent basis. The American 
Psychological Association also reported 
that college students “felt overwhelmed 
with anxiety at least once within the last 
12 months.” 

It’s a no-brainer to why we’re stressed 
out and feel anxious sometimes. We juggle 
our classes and the time consumption of 
homework, studying, and writing papers 
with social lives (some of ours are totally 


nonexistent), but how can we handle this? 
What can we do to relieve our stress in a 
healthy, effective way? 

When it’s suggested that we get more 
sleep and eat healthy, I laugh like the 
cynical millennial that I am. I’m living on 
a college budget and on a tight schedule 
with my own classes and commitments. 
Homework alone is what keeps me up at 
night. Trust me, I would much rather be 
sleeping than staying up until 2 a.m. every 
night, but I do it. 

A friend recently asked me why I tend 
to compulsively schedule and use my 
planner as my own personal Bible. I find 
that this is my way of coping with stress 
and dealing with all the things I have to 
accomplish each day; if it’s written down 
in my planner or into a list of what I have 
to do each week, I know when I have to do 
it. My planner is like my right-hand man 
and has seriously helped with my time 
management, which reduces my stress, 
even if it’s just a little bit. 

I do think it is crucial to our sanity to 
somehow find time for stress-relieving 
activities. Everyone is different, so find 
what works for you, even if it means trial- 
and-error. Do something silly, schedule 
an hour out of your week to exercise at the 


WRAC, take a break from homework with 
an ice cream run or a 10-minute dance 
party. 

The Counseling & Wellness Center 
at the University of Florida suggests 
students find someone to talk to about 
problems to gain perspective on their 
respective situations and can help give 
“a sense of control” on problems. This 
person could be your best friend or a 
classmate that equally understands the 
#struggz. 

The best person to talk to might also 
be a health professional. 


Just as it’s important that we 
recognize the (sometimes extreme) 
stress college students experience, we 
must remove the stigma surrounding 
counseling; there is zero shame in 
seeking out additional help from people 
who are trained to do this. 

NSU offers services in the Counseling 
and Career Services in room 305 of the 
Student Union. Students can also utilize 
the Academic Success Center in room 
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NSU partners with Louisiana Seafood Board for fundraiser 



Over 20 chefs across the state teamed up to serve a variety of Louisiana 
cuisine to guests at the fundraiser. 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

T he first annual Flavor of Louisiana, 
hosted by the NSU Foundation 
and the Louisiana Seafood Board, 
raised over $50,000 for the Columns Fund, 
which endows faculty, staff, programs and 
scholarships. 

The event, held on April 7 in Prather 
Coliseum, featured speciality Louisiana 
seafood dishes from restaurants across 
the state as well as music, cocktails and a 
silent auction. Over 650 people were in 
attendance. 

“We had to move the event from the 
WRAC to Prather because of the volume of 
tickets that we sold,” Assistant Director 
of Development for the NSU Foundation 
Brittany McConathy said. 

“The event came into existence after the 
Louisiana Seafood Board contacted [Acting 
President] Dr. Chris Maggio about hosting 
a fundraiser together. The board offered 
to provide all of the seafood and said that 
the sky’s the limit,” Associate Director of 
Development Jill Bankston said. 

After a face-to-face meeting, Maggio 
and Bankston began planning the event. 

The NSU Foundation Development 
Team reached out to restaurants and 
bars across Louisiana and asked them to 
participate in the event. Twenty-one chefs 
and eight bars signed up for the fundraiser. 

Vendors set up booths around Prather, 
and guests tasted the food and drinks as 
they went from booth to booth. Although 


seafood was the focus of most dishes, there 
were options for people who do not eat 
seafood or meat. 

NSU was the first school to accept the 
Louisiana Seafood Board’s partnership 
offer, which provided unique opportunities 
for students. 

“Each chef was paired with a culinary 
arts student,” Bankston said. “This allowed 
[the students] to help serve and even 
prepare the food in some cases.” 

Students with bar licenses were able to 
help bartenders, and hospitality services 
students greeted guests as they arrived and 
helped serve food. 

Students from the Creative and 
Performing Arts department performed for 


the event, including instrumental music 
ensembles, vocalists and dancers. 

The Office of the Student Experience 
hosted a silent auction. All of the money 
raised at this auction will go into the 
Student Experience Fund, which is used to 
fund SAB and SGA events and to enhance 
student life. 

“The event went really well,” 
McConathy said. “Guests were asking us if 
we set a date for the next one as they were 
leaving.” 

“We’re really excited that the event 
was a success, but we know that it wouldn’t 
have been possible without the support 
and generosity of this community,” 
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NSU chef recognized 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

Executive Chef Kerry Burzelleri of 
Northwestern State University was selected 
as one of the best chefs in Louisiana by the 
American Culinary Federation of New Orleans. 

On Tuesday, April 11, Burzelleri and 
other award-winning chefs will showcase their 
signature dishes and receive recognition for 
their contributions to the Louisiana culinary 
scene at the seventh annual Best Chefs of 
Louisiana Fundraiser at the New Orleans 
Lakefront Airport. 

Burzelleri, a New Orleans native, was 
inspired by his mother and grandmother, both 
of whom loved to cook and pushed him to attain 
his goals. He received his culinary training 
from Delgado Community College, where he 
was on the dean’s list, and he recently served 
as Executive Chef for the Mississippi Coast 
Coliseum and Convention Center. He also 
worked as Chair Chef for the Eastern Shore 
March of Dimes Association, a job that allowed 
him to combine his passion for cooking with his 
passion for working toward abetter community. 

At NSU, Burzelleri’ s responsibilities with 
Sodexo include managing a staff of over 15 
cooks and kitchen personnel as well as taking 
care of paperwork and overseeing weekly 
menus. Before he joined Sodexo, the chef won 
an award in 2003 for best seafood dish at the 
oldest private dining club in Mobile, Alabama. 

The world of culinary arts is highly 
competitive, and Burzelleri had to start at the 
bottom and work his way up to achieve his 
current position. 

“I have a love for seafood,” Burzelleri said. 
“I travelled from age 24 to present day around 
most of the United States, learning about 



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Photo submitted by Kerry Burzelleri 


different cultures and meeting friends who 
showed me different styles of cooking.” 

The Best Chefs of Louisiana awards are 
presented through the American Culinary 
Association, a supporter of programs such as 
We Heart Veterans. 

“I’m excited, but in this business, I would 
not be where I’m at if not for the help of my 
employees. They’re like my second family,” 
Burzelleri said. 

He added that forming strong relationships 
with his employees is important to him because 
it takes a lot of dedication and collaboration to 
work together effectively. 

What makes Burzelleri stand out as a chef? 
The chef s answer was simple: his personality. 

“I never see myself leaving [NSU],” 
Burzelleri said. “What more can you ask for 
than to work for a great company? As long as 
Sodexo is here. I’m here.” 


The Potpourri to release magazine 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

Students can expect to have their copy 
of the 2017 edition of The Potpourri by the 
end of this month. In addition to the 277- 
page book. Potpourri staff are working on a 
magazine to give to new students starting at 
the first Freshman Connection session in May. 

The Potpourri Editor-in-Chief Ashleigh 
Wright said the magazine’s goal is to not only 
introduce freshmen to The Potpourri but also 
to give them useful information about NSU 
and the community they will soon be a part of. 

“This year’s staff is very excited to be the 
first to do something like this,” Wright said. 
“I personally consider [the magazine] part 
of my legacy as a student media leader, and I 
hope that The Potpourri editor and staff who 
come behind me will make this a new, annual 
tradition for years to come.” 

Staff Writer and PR Manager Kierstin 
Richter hopes the magazine will portray NSU 
as a student-friendly environment without 
coming across as a business brochure. 

“I want them to see the personality of our 
student population through that and actually 
be interested,” Richter said. 

Producing their first-ever magazine, The 
Potpourri staff, regardless of position, have 
taken ownership of content in away they were 


unable to during the book’s production due 
to time restraints. This includes the writing, 
photography and design of each story. 

Staff members agree it has been a challenge 
to create a cohesive package for the magazine 
when each person has their own ideas about 
design styles. 

“My style of designing the pages is probably 
a lot different than other people,” Richter 
said. “Some people like the really traditional 
purple and orange look everywhere, and then I 
personally like something that looks a little bit 
more modern and different.” 

“Giving people an idea of what they need 
to be creating is going to help a lot,” Wright 
said. 

As for the yearbook, Wright believes 
students will notice efforts put forth by staff to 
make them feel as if they are a part of the book 
and the history it documents. The addition of 
an index and captions identifying people in 
photos are just a couple improvements not 
always present in yearbooks. 

“We wanted it to be something that 
students could have a tangible connection 
to,” Wright said. “We incorporated their 
handwriting, so if a student came to our PR 
event [on Feb. 1], they can physically open 
the book, and they will see their handwriting 
inside the book.” 



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April 10 

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- ULS Day will be held April 19, and 
SGA members as well as other student 
leaders will travel to the Capitol to 
represent NSU. 

- SGA President John Pearce said he 
has a phone call scheduled with the 
UL System adviser concerning House 
Bill 152. The introduced bill will give 
powers to the schools to increase 
fees, etc. to offset cuts to funding by 
the state. 

- Elections for Speaker of the 
Senate were held and resulted in 
the appointment of Senator Jasmine 
Roberts to the position. In her 
speech, Roberts stressed that she 
wants to focus on cohesion and 
communication. 

- The Internal Affairs department 
introduced two bills, both of which 
passed in senate. SB. SP. 201 7-03 
amends the SGA Bylaws to award 
$150 scholarships at the end of each 
semester for senators serving on SGA. 
SB.SP.20 17-04 updates the system 
of office hours required for senators. 
Under the bill, SGA senators will be 
required to complete no less than 
three office hours per week, compared 
to the one hour required previously. 

The new Student Media 
appointments were approved: KNWD 
General Manager Noah Baudoin, The 
Potpourri Editor-in-Chief Kierstin 
Richter, The Current Sauce Editor- 
in-Chief Alec Horton and Argus 
Editor-in-Chief Katie Rayburn. 

- Senator Thomas Celles discussed 
the bill that passed in New York 
that grants free tuition for students 
attending schools in the City of New 
York and State of New York Systems; 
this aids those students and families 
with annual incomes up to $125,000. 




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Five inducted into 2017 Long Purple Line 


LEAH JACKSON 

NSU Director of Informational 
Services 

N orthwestern State University honored 
five individuals with induction in 
the university’s Alumni Hall of 
Distinction, the Long Purple Line, Friday. 

Honorees were, from left, world-renowned 
neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes, noted attorney 
G.F. Thomas Jr., vocalist and philanthropist 
Lenn Dohmann Prince, the late Joe Delaney 
represented by his wife Carolyn and Dr. Jim 
Henderson, former NSU president and current 
president of the University of Louisiana System. 
The five were recognized during a luncheon 
Friday, attended by alumni, family and friends, 
in which their lives and accomplishments 
were highlighted in biographical mini- 
documentaries. 

Since 1990, NSU has inducted 125 
distinguished alumni into the Long Purple 
Line, recognizing graduates whose lives and 
careers had great impact for the university, in 
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Incoming SAB President Bralyn James Photo by Jordan Reich 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

While Tre Nelson and Trey Roberts 
were elected uncontested as the Student 
Government Association (SGA) president 
and vice president, respectively, the Student 
Activities Board (SAB) elected members to 
their executive board for the 2017-2018 
academic year. 

Bralyn James, a junior hospitality 
management & tourism major, was named 
president-elect by the RSO. James previously 
served as SAB President for the fall 2016 
semester but stepped down from the position 
to fulfill academic requirements when she 
changed her major. 

James was first elected to SAB in fall 2014 
and has served as a representative-at-large, 
public relations chair and vice president. 

“It’s really an honor to be trusted to lead 
such a major organization,” James said. “The 
hard work that I put in is really paying off 
now.” 

Graduate assistant Damian Glover is the 
current SAB President, assuming the role 
after James resigned. Yonna Pasch, director 
of student activities and organizations, said 
Glover helped to make the spring semester 
a “transitional” one where SAB could make 
necessary changes in its structure. 

SAB decreased the number of positions on 
its executive board from seven to four so the 
board could focus on the organization itself. 
The organization now operates in three tiers: 
the executive board, the event directors and 
event coordinators. 


“We will be able to run the organization 
more effectively than we have in the 
past,” Pasch said. “We have more open 
committees with this new structure... [and] 
we want a variety of students.” 

“[Under the new Bylaws, SAB is now] 
more cohesive. We can work together 
better to plan events for the students, by 
the students,” James said. 

Students are able to join the open 
committees without serving as voting 
members of SAB; these include events such 
as Homecoming, Halloween, Spring Fling 
and Lady of the Bracelet. 

Those interested in volunteering for 


SAB can attend the open weekly meetings 
on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the Cane River 
Room of the Student Union. 

Other members elected to the SAB 
executive board for 2017-2018 include 
Le’Kayla Smith as Vice President, Lydia 
Doucet as Business Manager and Jhalon 
Thomas as Public Relations & Advertising. 

Event coordinators elected from the 
student body were Amyris Anderson, 
Emily Bencosme, Emily Benoit, Kennedy 
Cullen, Jada Dudley, Jacob Guidry, Bailey 
Hargrove, Albert Hewitt, Abby Hinds, 
Brea Housley, Qualantre Jackson and Maya 
Porter. 


ALEC HORTON 

The Current Sauce 

Q: What kinds of changes are you thinking 
about making? A: I think establishing a 
consistent feature section in the center 
spread of our paper will help: a feature story 
with crazy visuals and a fun design. 

KATIE RAYBURN 

Argus Literary Magazine 

Q: Why do you think a literary magazine 
is really valuable to a campus’s population? 
A: I feel like it’s almost a more 

romanticized version of what’s happening. . . 
We have a bunch of past editions that we 
pull out occasionally and we’re just like 
‘oh, well. Hurricane Katrina was that year, 
or before.’ 

KIERSTIN RICHTER 

The Potpourri 

Q: Why do you think that student media 
is really something that anyone can do, 
not just communications majors? A: I 
feel like if you limit that to just comm, 
majors, or just English majors, then you’re 
only going to get one perspective of the 
student population... If you are able to get 
everybody’ s ideas , then you get a better idea 
of what the students are actually thinking. 

NOAH BAUDOIN 

KNWD 

Q: Do you have plans to change any of the 
music that plays on the station? 

A: Some people have said there’s a lot of 
alternative music on the station. I’ve looked 
at it, and there is a lot of it. I know we’ve 
played about zero country. ..Sol want there 
to be something for everyone. 

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Students and faculty present findings across disciplines 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

S tudents, faculty and staff will present their research at the 30th annual Research 
Day, an all-day conference where participants present their research papers 
and display a synopsis of their research in a poster exhibition. 

All disciplines are represented, from music to mathematics to history. 

N SU will host the event on April 20 in Morrison Hall and the Student Union 
Ballroom. The paper presentations will occur in four 20-minute segments. 

Research Day also features keynote speaker Dr. Richard Jensen, Professor 
of History at the Louisiana Scholars’ College and last year’s awardee of the 
Dr. Jean D’Amato Lifetime Achievement Award. His lecture, “Terrorism from 
Anarchism to A1 Qaeda and ISIS,” will discuss global terrorism. 

The day will also headline an award ceremony recognizing winners of the 
following five awards: the Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas Achievement Award, the 
Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey Faculty Research Award, the Dr. Marietta LeBreton 
Louisiana Studies Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Award and the 
Student Design Award. 

Kirsten Fontenot, a senior liberal arts major with a concentration in scientific inquiry, 
will present part of her undergraduate thesis on the Ebola virus and computational 
chemistry at the event. Even though she has presented her research before, 
Fontenot said there is something special about presenting at NSU’s Research 
Day that makes her feel successful in her undergraduate career. 

“[Presenting] gives me the opportunity to show what I’ve learned these 
last few years and show how much I’ve grown,” Fontenot said. “It gives me 
a sense of pride that my advisers feel that I have achieved enough and can 
present my research well enough to earn this opportunity.” 

Junior English major Ashlyn Guidry said she has attended Research Day for 
the past two years and recognizes its value to the academic community. 

“I personally love it because it is an opportunity for me to learn 
new things and gain a sense of different perspectives,” Guidry said. 

The director of the Louisiana Scholars’ College, Associate 
Professor Kirsten Bartels, will also present at Research Day. Bartels 
was hired at the Scholars’ College last summer, and this will be her 
first attendance and presentation at NSU’s Research Day. 

“Normally, I present to people that don’t know me, so to 
actually present... in front of my students, who I value quite 
highly, and my colleagues that don’t know my research; 
it puts it in a different perspective,” Bartels said. 

Bartels’ paper presentation titled “Just Felix, 

Adaptations in Morris Gleitzman’s Protagonist 
across Literary and Literal Time” focuses on 
Holocaust fiction and Gleitzman’s “Once” 
book series. 

The paper presentations begin at 8:15 
a.m., and the last round of presentations 
begins at 2:30 p.m. The full schedule with 
abstracts is available online at researchday. 
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Science activists to 
‘March for Science’ 




CHRISTINA ARRECHAVALA 

Reporter 

Five hundred fifteen organized marches 
on six different continents will feature 
members of the community coming together to 
acknowledge the role science plays in society on 
April 22. Organizers for the marches advocate 
for the enactment of evidence-based polices in 
the public interest and for science that upholds 
the common good. 

Many of those involved with the marches 
are members of the scientific community who 
want to raise awareness about the importance 
of science in people’s lives. 

Alex Kolker is a 
coastal and marine 
scientist that works 
with the Louisiana 
Universities Marine 
Consortium 
(LUMCON). After 
hearing about the 
national event in 
Washington D.C., he 

decided to reach out to his community to see 
how he could get involved. 

He soon got in touch with Liz Abboud, the 
organizer for the New Orleans satellite march, 
and he volunteered by answering phone calls 
about the march. He feels very strongly about 
the work he is doing. 

“The importance of science is really 
underappreciated,” Kolker said. “It is involved 
in the coastal restoration efforts, health care, 
the oil industry, even in the him industry.” 

Joshua Helms, a process engineer from 
Baton Rouge, decided to participate in the 
march because the climate change page on the 


White House’s website disappeared in January, 
and he felt it was without good reason. 

“I saw [the deletion of the page] as a step 
against any move of progress,” Helms said. 
“The only data and research that should ever 
be deleted or silenced is data that has been 
skewed.” 

In addition to the marches, participants will 
hear from a variety of speakers. Some noted 
speakers at the New Orleans march include Dr. 
Joseph Giaime from the Laser Interferometer 
Gravitational-wave Observatory and President 
of the National Society of Black Physicists, Dr. 
Renee Horton. 

Participants will also have the opportunity 
to join a band for the march around the city. 

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According 
to the March for 
Science Baton 

Rouge Facebook 
page, organizers 
are attempting to make the occasion a 
nonpartisan, zero-waste, low-energy, net- 
neutral event. Participants on comment 
threads are discussing wind power and bike 
riding as acceptable alternatives. 

Organizers do not want the science 
momentum to start and end on April 22. 
Instead, they want it to spark much-needed 
discussions between the public community 
and lawmakers on the importance of science 
and protecting resources. 

“The only thing separating someone from 
agreeing that something is wrong and taking 
action is seeing the path to change it,” Helms 
said. 


City increases water cost 


ASHLEY FRENCH 

KNWD Reporter 

The City of Natchitoches will increase the 
price for safe drinking water starting in May. 

Natchitoches water is tested annually 
to confirm the drinking water is safe for the 
public. The city has faced the economic issue of 
supplying safer drinking water at an affordable 
rate. 

According to an article from the 
Natchitoches Parish Journal, the “fee will 
increase from $3.20 per connection per year 
to $ 12 per connection per year. In an effort to 
compensate for the new fee change, a $ 5 charge 
per connection will be added to May 2017 
bills. Beginning in June 2017 and each month 
thereafter a $ 1 charge per connection will be 


added to bills.” 

Natchitoches Director of Utilities Charles 
Brossettee explained some of the reasons for 
increasing the price for safer water. 

“This is a state-mandated charge; the state 
charges each county every year for all the water 
systems so they can come in and do all the tests 
that are required to make sure we’re treating the 
water right,” Brossette said. “The state charges 
us so much for these tests to make sure we’re 
filing all the reports properly as well.” 

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the 
fee increase during the 2016 Regular Session 
to begin January 1,2017. 

“Usually there is no explanation on why 
the state increases the rate for the use of safer 
water,” Brossette said. “For the price, I think 
it’s pretty reasonable.” 


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Parking Complaint 

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Vehicle Towed 

Theft of Money 

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Ongoing 

April 11 

Theft of Money 

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Theft from Dorm 

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Theft of Wallet 

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Noise Complaint 

- University Columns 
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Smoking Complaint 

- Natatorium 
Unfounded 

Complaint of Being Followed 

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Public Assist 

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Sodexo at NSU responds to ‘F’ grade 



One of the hot meals served at Vic’s daily Photo by Noah Baudoin 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

A fter being reviewed by a website 
called Is It Bad for You, the quality 
of Sodexo’ s food has come into 

question. 

“The claims that the reviewer made are simply 
not true,” General Manager of Sodexo at NSU 
Steve Kauf said. “To claim that we use horse 
meat in our burgers is absurd.” 

Is It Bad for You is run by a team of web 
developers, body builders, nutritionists, 
bloggers and doctors who claim to be 
committed to providing information that the 
website’s visitors can use to improve their 
health. 

The Current Sauce recently emailed the 
Is It Bad for You staff to inquire about their 
claims; we have not yet received a response, 
but we will update the online article if we 
receive a reply or discover new information. 

“The website is essentially a blog,” Kauf 
said. “A lot of what was said in the article is 
not backed up by science or is completely 
impossible with the government’s strict food 
guidelines.” 

The U.S. government regulates what food 
services, including Sodexo, can serve and 
provides guidelines for the food’s nutritional 
value. 

“It’s not possible for us to serve non- 
nutritional food,” Kauf said. 

The article on Is It Bad for You mentioned 
that children whose school lunches are 
provided by Sodexo often complain they are 
not given enough to eat. The portion sizes, 
however, are regulated by the government and 
conform to the FDA’s nutritional standards. 

Most NSU students who have complained 
about the food on campus are concerned about 
the quality of the food. 

“The food has oscillated between 
questionable and inedible, and the only times 
I’ve seen brief improvements is when people 
who don’t attend this university visit and eat 
here,” junior Ashleigh Pope said. “There are 


few to no genuinely healthy options.” 

Like students described in the Is It Bad for 
You article, NSU students have noticed that 
food from previous meals is sometimes used 
again; for some, this is off-putting. 

“Sometimes we use leftovers just like you 
do at home,” Kauf said. “The leftovers aren’t 
meant to stand alone though; they’re always 
included as something extra. They won’t be 
served as the only option for that particular 
meal.” 

NSU students have also raised concerns 
about the limited number of options that are 
available at each meal. 

“We have discussed adding new options 
at food committee meetings,” Kauf said. “The 
thing is, we would have to remove an item to 


add something else because space is limited. 
We can’t please everyone every single day, but 
the variety is out there.” 

The article from Is It Bad for You claims 
that eating food from Sodexo can lead to 
obesity, hypertension and heart disease. 

“That could potentially be true if a student 
typically eats two or three burgers and a pile 
of fries at every meal,” Kauf said. “The thing 
about articles like this is that there’s always 
a little kernel of truth in them, but they’re 
usually not as true as they could be. Of course, 
some of the items that we serve are healthier 
than others, but that isn’t a reflection of the 
service or food quality.” 

Sodexo plans to upgrade their facilities 
at NSU, but the proposed changes are not a 


reaction to the review. 

“We plan to upgrade the Green Corner,” 
Kauf said. “We want to put more items on 
there so that students can get full meals from 
there instead of mostly sides.” 

There are also plans to put grab-and-go 
stands with sandwiches and snacks in some of 
the buildings around campus so that students 
won’t have to walk across campus to purchase 
food. 

Steve Kauf encourages students to come 
directly to Sodexo with complaints, concerns 
and suggestions in the meantime. 

“The more people come and tell us what 
they do and don’t like, the better we get,” he 
said. “We need specific details so we know 
what to improve.” 


Editorial: student poverty rates raise concern 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

Based on studies from the National 
Center for Education Statistics, 29 percent 
of college students nationwide come from 
households with incomes below $20,000. 

In addition to taking classes, 79 percent 
have to work full time or part time just to 
make ends meet, and 35 percent are parents 
or have people who are dependent on them. 

Overall, 51.8 percent of college students 
live off campus without the help of relatives 
and live within the poverty rate. 

From a national standpoint, it can be easy 
to look at these statistics and think that, while 
disappointing, they couldn’t possibly be this 


high at any specific university. The ugly 
truth is that, even at NSU, we have plenty of 
students who are truly struggling. 

Although the university offers helpful 
services such as the food pantry and 
opportunities for financial aid, this alone 
is not enough to fix the problem. Thinking 
about issues like student poverty and financial 
hardship can be overwhelming because there 
is no immediate solution any one person 
can employ; however, raising awareness and 
eliminating the stigma attached to it are ways 
that society can become more understanding. 

Xandria Petty, a junior psychology 
major, recalls how tough it was to move from 
Tennessee to attend NSU and how much she 
had to give up and adjust without in- state 
benefits such as TOPS. 


“My family has always been poor; I 
grew up with seven other people and not 
much money flowing,” Petty said. “As time 
passed, my siblings and I learned how to 
humble ourselves and asked for help. My 
little brother and I would gather snacks every 
other Friday from the counseling center in 
elementary school, and they would also give 
us clothes and a lot of support, much like the 
food pantry here. ” 

With the rise of social media, it has 
become easier to voice individual opinions, 
some of which can be misinformed, ignorant 
or even harmful. 

Politicians and media outlets often 
speculate on these issues to push their 
agendas, sometimes wrongfully labeling an 
entire group. Sidestepping the entire issue. 


some even rebrand the destitute and the 
impoverished as “lazy” or “entitled.” 

“Some people refuse to understand and 
acknowledge that these people are not lazy or 
entitled to handouts, but that they just need 
help,” Petty said. 

F or any students that need a little extra help , 
the NSU Food Pantry is open Mondays and 
Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is available 
to all NSU and BPCC students with a student 
ID and valid sticker. 

Donations can be dropped off at Watson 
Library, the social work department in Kyser 
Hall 343 and the Food Pantry located at the 
Trisler Power Plant on Central Avenue. The 
pantry relies on donations from students, 
faculty and especially the community to provide 
for students who might be struggling. 







The Current Sauce, The Potpourri and KNWD 
are hiring staff for the fall 201 7 semester. 




- Writing 

- Photography 

- Design 
-PR 

- Delivery 

- Social Media 

- Ad Sales 

Contact: Alec Horton , 
Editor-in - Chief 
ahorton029388@nsula.edu 


- Writing 

- Photography 

- Design 


-PR 


Contact: Kierstin Richter, 
Editor-in - Chief 
kierstinrichter@gmail.com 


- Head of Technology 

- News reporting 

- Sports broadcasting 
-PR 

- Graphic design 

- Online media 

Contact: Noah Baudoin , 
General Manager 
noahb.2015@gmail.com 


Applications for each organization are 

available on OrgSync. 




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Board 


Ashley Wolf 

Editor-In-Chief 

Jordan Reich 

Managing Editor 

Alec Horton 

Visual Editor 

Elisabeth Perez 

Public Relations Manager 

Jacob Farnsley 

Distribution Manager 

Chloe’ Romano 

Social Media Coordinator 

Anna Cowan 

Designer 

Rachael Coyne 

Designer 


Advisers 

Paula Furr 

Department Head 

Daniel Thiels 

Student Media Coordinator 


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In loving memory of The Body 



ASHLEY WOLF 

Editor-in-Chief 

NSU students are mourning the closing of 
The Body, a popular college bar that closed in 
January. It was a fateful night when students 
heard the owners would never reopen the bar. 

“Maybe you don’t understand, but The 
Body was more than a bar; on Thursday nights, 
it was our home,” sophomore Katie Woodhead 
said. “The Body was just... well, it was special. It 
was a place all heterosexual members of a Greek 
organization could feel welcome, and that’s not 
something you see everyday.” 

NSU students were so affected by the 
loss of their Thursday-night home, the NSU 
Counseling Services set up a weekly support 
group to help students cope. 

“Where are we supposed to go on Thursday 
nights?” junior Alex Douchenbag said, 
sobbing. “I keep telling myself that this isn’t 
real, but I just can’t pretend anymore. The Body 
is gone, and I will never move on.” 

Several students from the support group 
were triggered by The Current Sauce’s news 
coverage of the bar’s closing, specifically 
noting the lack of an obituary. They aired their 
grievances on Twitter, and the posts went viral 
online. People across the globe couldn’t believe 
what had happened to the beloved bar. 


“I have no reason to ever visit Natchitoches 
again if The Body isn’t there,” Austrian 
22-year-old Heidi Lahren said. “And the very 
nasty newspaper. The Current Sauce, is just 
fake news. You know how I can tell they are fake 
news? Because they did something I didn’t like 
at all.” 

NSU student Calvin Beerpong tweeted, 
“No eulogy for The Body? The Current Sauce 
is extremely biased and liberal.” 

Counselor Shauna Higgins said the 
support group is helping students deal with 
their complicated feelings of anger toward The 
Current Sauce as well as the guilt many students 
feel when they attend the Press Box, a newer 
sports bar in the Natchitoches area. Higgins 
said some of the students feel they can never 
love another bar again, but she urges them to 
try new bars so they can eventually move on. 

“Every time I walk into the Press Box, I 
just feel like I’m betraying the bar that taught 
me everything I know about being a college 
student,” Hannah Dullerton said. “I miss the 
vomit-tinged air and the smell of a thousand 
cigarettes invading my nostrils. I miss waking 
up with my own puke next to me in bed on 
Friday mornings and the excitement of not 
knowing what I did the night before. It’s just not 
the same at the Press Box. And you know what 
the worst part is? I never got to say goodbye. ” 



S Blotter 


April 1 7 

Complaint of Children 
-UP1 

Child day care found, children told 
to leave 

Attempted Robbery 
-Vies 

Weapon was a spork 

April 19 

Theft of Refund Check 
-Financial Aid 

Student wanted to actually receive it 
on time 

April 20 

Complaint of Marijuana Smell 
-UP1&UP2 

No marijuana found, residents 
smoked it all 

April 21 

Student bitten by squirrel 
-CAPA 

Squirrel issued citation 

Complaint of Intercourse 
-WRAC 

Situation wrapped up 


April 22 

Complaint of Party 
-UP 2 

Officer stayed and had a good time 


April 23 

Complaint of pettiness 

-CAPA 

Ongoing 

Wi-Fi emergency 
- University Columns 
Willi never be resolved 


NSU announces new slogan 


NSU News Services 

“Press Release” by Gerald Cucumber 

We at NSU are proud to unveil our new 
slogan: Dedicated to one goal. Your$. 

This honest, simple slogan really gets at 
the heart of what we are committed to at this 
university. We promise to dedicate ourselves 
wholeheartedly to spending students’ money. 

Tots of exciting improvements have been 
planned for the upcoming years. Of particular 
note is the administration’s plan to improve 


their office suites. Students who pop in will 
be pleasantly surprised to see new sofas, new 
desks and high definition smart TVs. We may 
even throw in some of those nifty treadmill 
desks. Who knows?! 

Will students get to see their money 
applied to improving the quality of their lives 
here at NSU? Kind of. 

Buildings will get facelifts, but we’re pretty 
sure this will just make the Wi-Fi situation 
worse. We’ll do anything for the aesthetic 
though! Besides, pretty buildings are a much 


better recruiting tool than internet access, and 
we have to make sure plenty of new students 
enroll because more students = more money. 

We are asking that students be patient with 
us as we try to think of inventive ways to spend 
their money. As always, we will keep things 
as secretive as possible until we are ready to 
unveil our improvements. 

To our dear Students: thanks for the 
fundingyou so generously provide, sometimes 
at the cost of your own personal wellbeing and 
happiness, and as always. Fork ‘em, Demon$ ! 





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SGA Meeting 

April 24 

Covered by Sean Spicy 


- Shortly before the customary prayer 
and Bible verse reading, SGA President 
John Pearce led the Senate in the pledge 
of allegiance, Canada s national anthem 
(?), and, last but not least, everyone’s 
favorite, “Homage for Satan.” 

- SGA Senator Thomas Celles finally 
got to approve meeting minutes with his 
motion, and promptly burst into tears. 
“This has been such an honor. I can’t 
believe I’ve been recognized after the 
entire semester!” 

- Once again, SGA Advisor Shayne 
Creppel didn’t come to the SGA meeting 
or send a report. 

- SGA Bill SP.SB.201 7-05 was passed, 
which details that the only approved 
greeting gesture is by throwing a literal 
pitchfork into the person’s eye you are 
speaking with. 

- Speaker of the House Htet Htet Rogers 
banged her gavel so hard that a small 
earthquake shook the Student Union 
and blew eardrums out, causing several 
senators to visit Health Services and 
then leave with free candy and condoms 
because that is all the department can 
provide to students. 

- SGA and SAB will host a guest speaker, 
the voice of Tommy Pickles from the 
Rugrats, on May 5, because they literally 
could not book anyone better despite the 
large amount of money in the Speaker 
Fund. 

- For the remainder of the meeting, SGA 
members whispered the lyrics to NSU’s 
fight song for approximately 12 minutes. 

“U'-V )_/“ 



Administrators bow down to 
random parent’s command 


Natatorium will be demolished to curb on-campus crime epidemic: smoking 


ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

F ormer NSU President Dr. Jim 
Henderson previously told students 
and faculty the historic natatorium 
on campus would remain standing in hopes 
that a grant or private donor would fund its 
renovation. The building has been unused 
since the birth of Jesus Christ (God rest his 
soul), and many students wonder if anything 
will ever come from this relic. 

One of the darker secrets of the natatorium 
is that it serves as a popular spot for students 
to smoke cigarettes in secret and hide from 
university police, disobeying the state- 
wide ordinance against tobacco on public 
campuses. The discovery of this phenomenon 
has prompted university police to advocate for 
the demolition of the building. 

“Of all the terrible things that happen on 
this campus, cigarette smoking is, without 
a doubt, the most horrific crime we have to 
patrol,” Chief John Dexter said. “When we 
have to bust students for smoking, we are 


often attacked. It’s really a tragic situation 
for everybody involved. It’s so hard to watch 
students lose their shit over one cigarette. 
Things would just be easier without the 
natatorium facilitating crime.” 

Administrators ignored officers’ pleas to 
end the violence because “blue lives don’t 
matter. Get woke.” 

However, after one parent witnessed 
students smoking behind the natatorium, she 
sent a strongly-worded email to the president’s 
assistant. The parent, identified only as “The 
Crimson Buzzkill,” successfully convinced 
administrators to ignore Henderson’s wishes 
and confirm the demolition project without any 
further correspondence or input from students 
and faculty. 

Super-super-super-super-super senior 
James Leach is just one of many students upset 
by the administration’s apparent spinelessness. 

“She doesn’t even go here!” Leach said, 
referring to the snitching parent who does not 
attend NSU. “Back in my day, we could just 
open a classroom window and light up during 
a lecture. These cowards [administrators] need 


to fight for the American tradition [tobacco 
growth and consumption].” 

Sophomore Kasi Patten is unsure of what 
the future holds, concerning her anxiety and 
aggression, without having a nearby spot to 
smoke. 

“I can’t go two hours without a cigarette, or 
I will start uncontrollably shouting at people,” 
Patten said. “Losing my favorite smoking spot 
on campus scares me, because it means I am 
subjecting myself, friends and teachers to 
needless trauma caused by a lack of nicotine in 
my bloodstream.” 

A detailed timeline for the demolition of 
the natatorium has not been announced, but 
administrators say a shrine to Dr. Henderson 
will stand in its place by spring 2018. 

“History, shmistory; health, shmealth, 
right?” Vice President Jonathan Antoinette 
said. “Obviously, a statue and courtyard 
commemorating the incomparable Jim 
Henderson would serve this campus 
community better than a pool would. Who 
even swims anymore, bro?” 

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Vanity K1ll$ (left) and Onykx show their scene attitude with a pose, even though nobody asked them to. Photo by Ashley Wolf 


Scene community comes to prominence after DemonFest 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

30HI3 surfaced from the depths of late- 
2000s hell at this year’s DemonFest. Since 
then, NSU students have relapsed into their 
scene phases. 

“This has been a long time coming,” 
StarFyrr Fontenot said. “Fve been waiting 
for an excuse to dye chunks of my hair again 
for ages.” 


Students, clad in black with brightly- 
colored hair, were seen forming a mosh pit in 
Prather while 30HI3 performed their hits (?), 
including “Don’t Trust Me” and “My First 
Kiss.” 

“I’m glad NSU is finally doing more to 
recognize the scene community here on 
campus,” a student known only as Onykx said. 
“We’ve been feeling really neglected lately. I 
mean, they had Wale last year? Come on! ” 
Even though it has been a few days since 
30H!3’s performance, NSU students don’t 


plan on shaking off their scene phases any time 
soon. Students were spotted outside a creative 
writing class eagerly waiting to read their 
poetry, which was heavily inspired by the work 
of Mayday Parade; they weren’t even enrolled in 
the class. 

“Seeing 30H!3 has really made me 
remember the good ole days,” Vanity Klll$ 
said. “You know, back when music really meant 
something.” 

NSU scene kids have always been on the 
fringe of the campus community, and they are 


thrilled new members are joining their ranks. 

“Scene kids have a bad reputation for being 
exclusive, but, like, we can’t help it if nobody 
else really gets us,” Klll$ said. “Anyway, it’s 
cool that more people are embracing their 
scene side.” 

“I don’t know, man,” a former clean-cut 
student said. “Something about the rawr XD 
lifestyle has always spoken to me. I was a little 
nervous about making this lifestyle change, but 
30H!3 really inspired me to be myself. Their 
song T Can Do Anything’ really helped me.” 


SAB uses philanthropy to self-promote 



ALEC HORTON 

Visual Editor 

During midterms week, students noticed 
advertisements on campus for a fundraising 
event benefiting the Natchitoches Humane 
Society. The NSU community is no stranger 
to having dogs to play with during high-stress 
times during the semester (see: Puppies & 
Papers), but the peculiar scheduling of the 
event caused Charlie Fontenot, The Current 
Sauce PR manager, to “call shade.” 

“I was at the meetings where they started 
pitching ideas for spring semester events,” 
Fontenot, who is also an SAB member, said. 
“[Event planners] were so enthusiastic about 
this original idea and didn’t make it known 
they were blatantly stealing it from The Current 
Sauce.” 

Veterinary technology major Jason 
Sudermann volunteered with The Current 
Sauce to help take care of the animals during 
Puppies & Papers in October. When he helped 
with SAB’s event, he noticed a different tone 
from event organizers. 

“At the first [event], it was obvious the 
newspaper staff just wanted students and the 


dogs and volunteers to all have a good time, 
and maybe pick up a newspaper,” Sudermann 
said. “I don’t know how SAB managed to do 
this, but they found away to make [Don’t Stress 
the Test] all about them even though it was a 
fundraiser for the humane society.” 

After checking security cameras in the 
newspaper office, two SAB executive board 
members were shown breaking in and using 
the computers to hijack hies used by The 
Current Sauce for Puppies & Papers. They also 
defecated in the coffee maker and wrote praises 
to popular (?) singer Meghan Trainor on the 
whiteboard. 

Editor-in-Chief Trashley Dorpe said SAB’s 
Don’t Stress the Test event may have raised 
much-needed money for the animal rights 
organization, but ultimately, it was clear their 
motive was to keep The Current Sauce from 
doing its own events by scheduling it during 
midterms when the newspaper typically hosts 
Puppies & Papers. 

“We kept the vandalism quiet at first,” 
Dorpe said. “Take our hies, fine. Poop in our 
Keurig, hne. But to worship the detestable 
Meghan Trainor in my office? That’s where I 
draw the hne.” 

We see you , SAB . 


CRISPY AVOCADO 

Reporter 

After months ofwaiting, an episode of Bob’s 
Burgers finally loaded in University Columns. 

Freshman Jared Parks said he was simply 
trying to avoid responsibilities during midterms 
like every other student when his Netflix app 
stopped and he received the dreaded buffering 
circle. 

\ “I was desperate, so I decided to keep the 
episode up just in case hell froze over and the 
Wi-Fi decided to work,” Parks said. “All I 
wanted to do was channel my inner Bob Belcher 
like the episode where he hides in the wall.” 


The Wi-Fi continued to cause problems 
for residents, prompting them to actually get 
assignments done, unless, of course, they had 
to submit them online. Students couldn’t even 
blow up the Concerns page on Facebook, 
complaining for the 1,000th time about the 
issue. 

Parks said Wednesday at 4 a.m. , literally the 
most inconvenient time for the Wi-Fi to start 
working again, the episode loaded. 

“It felt like a sweet, sweet victory until 
it decided to buffer again after the intro 
sequence,” Parks said. 

“In the words of Tina, T guess I just wasn’t 
meant to have a good life.’” 




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YOU CAN PARK AT PRATHER?! 



HOLLY JENKINS 

Contributing Reporter 

A s a student at NSU, I have 
often struggled with finding a 
place to park on campus. After 
several failed attempts to score a space in 
the Kyser parking lot, I finally decided to 
take the advice of the wonderful students 
and faculty on the Student Concerns 
page and try parking at Prather. 

On this particular day, my first class 
was at 1 1 a.m., so I made sure to get to 
Prather by 10 a.m. I dressed in workout 
clothes in order to look like someone 
who actually walks on a regular basis. 
As I began my trek to Kyser, I was 
immediately overcome by the humidity, 
and it finally made sense why our mascot 
is a demon. 

The best part of my journey was 
definitely seeing parts of campus that I 
had never seen before, like the WRAC. 
I briefly contemplated going inside but 
decided that my journey to and from 
Prather everyday would be sufficient 
enough for exercise. 

About halfway to Kyser, I encountered 
the infamous campus skunk. We stared 
at each other for a minute, and I could 
see the confusion in his eyes as he tried 
to figure out why I was crying. 

An hour later, I finally made it to 


my class on the fourth floor of Kyser. 
Despite walking in late, I could see the 
look of understanding in the teacher’s 
eyes as he watched me walk to my seat 


as I tried to conceal my heavy breathing. 

In conclusion, I now understand why 
everyone always recommends parking at 
Prather. Although not the fastest route to 


class, it offers a chance to see the campus 
in a new light. If nothing else came from 
this, I’m glad to have made a new friend 
in the campus skunk. 



Phi Kappa Gamma places candles around a hand-carved mask of Amphora, the 
sorority’s official demon. Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom 


NSU s sororities 
experience dark 
times 

JACOB FARNSLEY 

Distribution Manager 

Just as autumn comes. Rush Week cloaks 
campus in darkness and reminds everyone 
why they do not want to join a sorority: 
secret meetings, voodoo rituals and demonic 
sleepovers. 

Freshman nursing major Angela Dennis 
went through rush week with the tiny amount 
of hope she had left just like every other girl 
who was rushing. 

“I was expecting this to be like The House 
Bunny movie,” Dennis said. “But things began 
to turn dark when they instructed us to kidnap 
the other sorority presidents and sacrifice 
them to Cane River.” 

The sorority’s main belief is that the 
sorority presidents must be sacrificed to Cane 
River in order to keep it flowing and attract 
tourists to Natchitoches. 


On the third day of Rush Week, Dennis 
said the sorority president asked everyone to 
participate in a voodoo ritual to bring them 
closer together as sisters. 

The voodoo ritual was simple; join forces, 
and call a deceased member of the sorority 
back from the dead. To participate in the 
ritual, each member had to collect offerings 
for the deceased sorority member: two crop 
tops, a Vera Bradley bag, a pair of Gucci heels 


and a Starbucks drink of their choice. 

When the moon was high in the sky, they 
gathered in the held behind Watson Library 
and put their offerings on an altar they sat 
around. They gathered hands and began to 
chant, summoning the deceased member back 
from the dead to become an active member 
once again. 

Even though Dennis comes from a 
Christian background, she participated in 


the ritual anyway. However, the final straw 
for Dennis was at the “End of Rush Week 
Sleepover.” 

This sleepover is only for the girls selected 
to join the sorority. This sleepover is not the 
pillow-fighting, chick hick movie-watching 
sleep over everyone thinks this is. This 
sleepover is to sell your soul over to the demon 
that controls the sorority: Amphora. 

“The sleepover was what made me see what 
these girls truly are,” Dennis proclaimed. 
“They are all demons. I’m not talking NSU 
Demons; they are literal demons.” 

After Dennis found out what was going on, 
she tried to quietly leave the sorority house; 
however, she was quickly surrounded by the 
other members. 

“It was like they could hear me thinking 
that I needed to leave,” Dennis said. “As soon 
as I stood up and started walking, each girl 
surrounding me was telling me how pretty I 
was and how I belonged with them now. ” 

Dennis pushed her way through the girls 
and ran out of the house. None of the girls 
chased after her, but she says she feels like 
they are always watching her. 

Following Rush Week, Dennis’ 
experiences at the sorority prompted her to 
drop out of school and seek asylum. She hopes 
to start anew in Newfoundland where there are 
no demonic sororities (that she knows of). 





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CAPA to be demolished for new stadium 



An artistic rendering of the stadium to replace the two Creative and Performing Arts buildings 


HOLLY JENKINS 

Contributing Reporter 

C ampus officials recently 
announced exciting new plans for 
renovations. According to a post 
on the Student Concerns page, both CAPA 
buildings will be demolished this summer 
to make room for a new-and-improved 
football field and tailgating area. 

Surrounding trees will be chopped 
down as well, as there was some concern 
about them blocking students’ views 
of the game. This expansion is still in 
the beginning stages, so there’s a lot 
of planning to be done, but renovators 
are hoping to begin construction in the 
summer of 2018. 

“This is something we’ve been 
discussing the possibility of for years 
now,” Athletic Coordinator Derek 
Katsopolis said. “What’s the point of 
winning Chief Caddo if we don’t have an 
adequate space to house him? The biggest 
sports trophy in college football deserves 
the biggest football area.” 

As for CAPA students, their classes will 
move to the old natatorium. The acoustics 
are amazing for theater productions 


because the emptiness of the building 
creates an amazing echo, eliminating the 
need for sound equipment. 

“This is really a win-win situation,” 
Katsopolis said. “Other schools will see 
how much better we are than them, and 


our student athletes will finally get the 
recognition they deserve. We do feel bad 
that we have to say goodbye to our beautiful 
CAPA buildings, but there’s limited space 
on campus, and, ultimately, this is for the 
greater good. Our athletes are training to 


do God’s work, but they can’t be their best 
with the lack of available resources.” 

“I’m so excited for this school to get 
back to what really matters. Our football 
players are the backbone of this school,” 
Katsopolis said, wiping away a tear. 


NSU Football player picked up by Natchitoches Central in the third draft 


TORIA SMITH 

Reporter 

The entire Demon football team is 
proud to report that one of their own will 
join the Natchitoches Central Chiefs in the 
upcoming football season. 

Anthony Boggs was drafted in the third 
round and will round out the Chiefs’ roster 
as cornerback. 

“I’m definitely ready to move on to 
bigger and better things,” Boggs said. 
“Playing with the Chiefs will jump start my 
career; it’ll get the ball rolling, if you will.” 

Boggs has been a lifelong fan of the 
Chiefs and looks forward to being a part of 
a more successful team. 

“The Chiefs were 3-7 in 2016, and we 
were 1-10. Do the math,” Boggs said. 

“We are so proud of him,” a fellow 
Demon footballer said. “It’s just incredible 
to be able to watch his dreams come true.” 

Although Boggs will join the Chiefs, 
other teams expressed interest in him 
during the past football season. 

“Coaches from John Curtis, Evangel 
and C.E. Byrd came to see me in a few 
games,” Boggs said. “I feel like I ended up 
with the best fit for me though.” 

Boggs is looking forward to starting 
this new leg of his career, but he does have 
a few concerns. 


“I heard that they make athletes go 
to class and do homework in high school 
now,” Boggs said. “How am I going to 
focus on balling if I have to do trig every 
night?” 

Despite these fears, Boggs is eager 
to join the Chiefs’ football team, and he 
plans to use his new platform as starting 
cornerback to educate others about the 
value of hard work via Twitter, Snapchat 
and word-of-mouth in seemingly unrelated 
situations. 

“You have to always keep it 100, my 
dude. Quitters never win, and winners 
never quit. The grind never stops, and I 
guarantee someone is gonna be out there 
chasing their dreams while you’re 
lounging. I’m out to break these 
records,” Boggs said. 





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Student praises Sodexo’ s food 



Some of the fruit Sodexo uses in their fruit cups Photo from Creative Commons 


JORDAN REICH 

Managing Editor 

Here’s an unpopular opinion: Sodexo is 
great! 

There are so many choices between 
Vic’s, Iberville and the Grill; who could 
ask for more? Why do we care that other 
universities have multiple dining halls that 
serve nutritious and decent food when 
ours is literally serving up saltiness to the 
students? 

From the worker who clearly hates her 
job to the empty “Starbucks” coffee pot in 
Vic’s, I love an insulting crowd. It’s like 
that one restaurant where the servers are 
required to insult you and make you custom 
paper hats that slam your self esteem down a 
few pegs, but with shittier food! 

Another benefit — I didn’t gain the 
freshman 1 5; I actually lost it. The food 
worked like a charm! I once got food 
poisoning from a salad Sodexo employees 
left out all day, and then BAM! Weight loss 
miracle. Cosmo should def use Sodexo in 
their next advertised diet plan. 

Sodexo food is also a perfect hangover 
cure. The brunch on the weekends in 
Iberville is so greasy, it’s bound to make you 
throw up and get the rest of that alcohol out 
of your system. 


I’m not from Louisiana, so everyone saying 
the gumbo is watery must be crazy. Oscar 
Meyer as the sausage? Now THAT is a true 


college kid meal hack. And the spice level is the 
best; it’s like Russian roulette between hella 
spicy and no flavor at all, so it all tastes like 


rubber, which I hear is healthy for tastebuds. 

Sodexo may have received an “F” rating, but 
it’s an “A+” in my book. * thumbs up emoji* 


The Bee Movie video game: it’s ‘unbeelievable!’ 


ANTHONY RENTERIA 

Contributing Writer 

T he Bee Movie video game is 

probably the greatest product 
ever produced by a human being. 
It’s an open world action RPG made 
by the creators of the Spider Man 2 
on Windows and loosely based on the 
movie of the same name by Dreamworks. 
You play as 2Bee, a bee-android hybrid, 
and the story is a murder mystery where 
you try to find out who killed your long 
lost brother, Jerry Seinfeld. 

As 2Bee you will meet unforgettable 
characters along your journey like Jar 
Jar Binks, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, 
Alex Kidd and even Luigi Mario. 

It’s a gripping tale that takes you 
for one unbeelievable adventure with 
amazing twists and turns. It even deals 
with themes like racism, cults and 
political debates! It’s amazing what they 
were able to accomplish with the source 
material. 

One major positive of the game is 
the graphics. The game runs on the 
Gamebyro engine at a solid 24fps 
making for a solid cinematic experience 
along with HD 240p resolution 


resulting in an extremely clear picture. 

Gameplay in the Bee Movie game 
focuses solely on walking from point 
A to B and exciting fights inside 
of Quicktime events. Along with 
this are mini-games where you 
play Crazy Taxi or navigate 2Bee 
through rain with controls that 
are so slippery it perfectly mimics 
real-life drunk driving. 

The game’s final boss is probably 
the best thing about it. Instead of 
having a tough-as-nails fight that test 
you on everything you know about the 
game, there isn’t even a final boss. 

It’s genius. 

The Bee Movie 
game is one of the 
best games since 
2016’s No Man’s 
Sky. It’s a really 
fun game that 
I’ve never played 
and recommend 
picking up on *The 
Pirate Bay. It gets The 
Current Sauce’s 600/3. 

It’s alright. 







Jay Canova may or may not appear on TV, depending on what camera angles are edited into the final cut. Photo by Ben Smith 


CAPA student cast as extra on TV 


MADDIE FRY 

Reporter 

N SULA Creative and Performing 
Arts celebrates as one of their 
students gets his big break: Jay 
Canova, slave to CAPA, has been cast as 
Dead Body #9 on an episode of Law & 
Order: Special Criminal Victims Unit. The 
senior will appear in the background for 
a period of four seconds, making this his 
television debut. 


Sean Grady, a fellow indentured 
servant of NSU Theatre & Dance, 
speculated on Canova’ s success. 

“Never did I know I was in the presence 
of a god,” Grady said. “All these years of 
passing him in the halls, swapping looks 
of exhaustion and despair. Who knew that 
Jay would make it to the top?” 

Filming has begun, and there is no 
guarantee the episode will even air. CAPA will 
erect a statue of Canova in place of the fountain 
between the theatre and music buildings. 



Comic by Eryn Percle 





Ratings for the spin-off series have plummeted 
and producers are not optimistic about the 
show’s success. Scott Burrell, head of Theatre 
& Dance, will get a tattoo of Canova’s face on 
his left butt cheek. 

“I don’t understand what is happening,” 
Canova said. “I didn’t even want anyone 
to know about this. I’m just trying to get 
booked.” 

Plans for the reconstruction of the new 
Varnado CAPA dorms will be halted in order 
to reroute the budget for the Jay Canova 


Scholarship of Excellence, which will be 
awarded to nobody in particular. 

We have received reports that the audition 
process was brutal, with Canova having to 
compete against hundreds of other talented 
young actors with the same build, height, and 
qualifications as Jay Canova. 

“Can you not publish this?” Canova asked. 
“I just showed up and they asked me to do it. 
There was no audition. I really don’t want 
anyone else Ending out, quite frankly, it’s 
embarrassing.” 


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